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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 9, 2015

Colorado Wins Another National Award for Medicaid’s Real Time Eligibility

Denver, Colo.—The Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) is pleased to announce that the state of Colorado received another prestigious award this week for its work to make Real Time Eligibility a reality for Coloradans applying for Medicaid.

OIT worked in partnership with Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), the Colorado Department of Human Services, and private partnerships to develop technology that allows as much as 80 percent of people applying for Medicaid to do so with PEAK Real Time Eligibility (RTE). The process of eligibility determination once took as long as 45 days. Because of RTE, that process is now down to 45 minutes in most cases.

Colorado received the Incubator award, one of only five Dynamite awards given out at the ACT-IAC Igniting Innovation 2015 Awards in Washington, DC on February 5, 2015. The “Incubator” award is reserved for an IT project that shows great potential as a solution for other government organizations. Colorado’s entry went up against such competitors as TSA-Pre, NYCStreets Permit Management System, and the Social Security Administration’s use of Big Data to prevent fraud and misuse.

Colorado’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer Suma Nallapati says, “I am thrilled that PEAK Real Time Eligibility is getting such great national recognition.” She adds, “We continue to hear from our community partners how this technology changes lives by getting Colorado’s most vulnerable residents into health providers more quickly.” HCPF Executive Director Sue Birch says, “Colorado's integrated system has allowed more clients to quickly find out if they're Medicaid eligible or may qualify for financial assistance through Connect for Health Colorado. For those Coloradans with simple applications, the system allows them to move through process quickly and with greater accuracy.”

Colorado’s PEAK RTE won another national award in September 2014. You may learn more about Colorado’s Real Time Eligibility here.

You may read about all the honorees at the Igniting Innovation Awards here.

About ACT-IAC
The American Council for Technology (ACT) - Industry Advisory Council (IAC) is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to improving government through the application of information technology. ACT-IAC provides an objective, ethical and trusted forum where government and industry communicate, collaborate and learn.

About OIT
The Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) strives to impact the lives of all Coloradans to create a safer, happier and healthier state. OIT works to empower the State of Colorado with flexible technology that will drive sustainable and intelligent business decisions. OIT envisions a future where the end-user experience shapes design, and data analytics transform how state government serves its residents.

Find OIT online at colorado.gov/oit, and on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Media Contact: 
Tauna Lockhart, Chief Communications Officer & PIO
303.764.7731 (work) 
720.933.9193 (cell)

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