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Additional Resources

The Colorado Workers' Compensation System is a complex and difficult system to navigate.
These links provide information to answer basic questions.

Please keep in mind that there is no substitute for the knowledge and experience of your attorney.

▪ Our basic guide to Colorado Workers' Compensation.

▪ Our Workers' Compensation Myths page. It dispells many common misconceptions about the Colorado Workers' Compensation System.

▪ Colorado Department of Workers' Compensation. This link is invaluable for any injured worker, attorney, insurance carrier, or medical provider that has any involvement in the Colorado Workers' Compensation System.

▪ Office of Administrative Courts. This site is maintained by the branch of the judicial system that carries out Workers' Compensation hearings.

Social Security Disability
Below are links containing information on Social Security Disability.

▪ Our explanation of the five step process that the Social Security Administration uses to determine if an individual qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits.

▪ Social Security Administration's site.

Health Care/Insurance

Many injured workers and their families find themselves without health insurance and thus no way to obtain health care. Below is a list of links that may be useful.

Public Assistance Programs

▪ Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The Department administers the Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus programs as well as a variety of other programs for Colorado’s low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

▪ Children's Basic Health Plan Plus. CHP+ is health insurance coverage for low income children (18 years of age and younger) and pregnant women (19 years of age and older). Coverage includes inpatient and outpatient hospital services, physician services, prescription drugs, dental for children and mental health care.

▪ Colorado Indigent Care Program. The CICP provides discounted health care services to low income individuals at participating providers. CICP is not a health insurance program. The CICP is funded with federal and state dollars to partially compensate participating providers who provide health care to the uninsured and underinsured at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level.

▪ Old Age Pension Health & Medical Care Program. The OAP Health and Medical Care Program is also known as the Modified Medical Plan,State Medical Program, Limited Medicaid and OAP State Only Program. 

Private Assistance Programs

Call 303-344-7826 for Kaiser Permanente's unique community service program, Connections. This program provides low cost health care coverages for families who otherwise could not afford health care.

Connections provides Kaiser Permanente benefits at greatly reduced rates for up to 24 months to eligible individuals and families.

Monthly premiums range from $25.42-$76.26 for one person, and $73.46-$220.38, based on family size and income.

Unemployment, Labor Market, and Retraining Programs

Oftentimes injured workers are unable to return to their job, or even to do the same type of work they performed prior to the injury. Below are links to programs that may be helpful for seeking new employment or retraining.

▪ Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The Colorado Division of Labor administers laws and regulations governing wages, minimum wage, working conditions, youth employment, certain union issues and grievances, and employment-related immigration laws. 

▪ Unemployment Insurance Benefits. The UI Program provides temporary and partial wage replacement to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. 

▪ Labor Market Information. The Colorado LMI Gateway is a powerful job search, career assessment, and labor market information system. It was specifically designed for job seekers, students, case managers, training providers, and workforce professionals, and others seeking easily accessible job openings and labor market information. The system provides fast access to a complete set of job search and labor market research tools in one web site. It is designed to be a comfortable system for everyone, even the person who has little computer experience.

▪ Employment and Training Programs. A list of public sites for individuals seeking jobs and/or retraining.

Other useful Sites

▪ GovBenefits.gov is the official benefits website of the U.S. government, with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.