End of Public Health Emergency
This page will be updated as information changes or becomes available. Last updated: October 9, 2023.
What is the Public Health Emergency?
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, emergency declarations were put in place by the federal government. This allowed for more flexibility to waive or modify certain requirements in a range of areas, including medical coverage, cost for COVID-19 services, Emergency Use Authorizations, and more.
When is the Public Health Emergency Ending?
The Biden administration has announced its intent to end the national emergency and public health emergency declarations on May 11, 2023.
What Does the End of the Public Health Emergency Mean for Me?
Throughout the pandemic, COVID-19 services including testing, vaccination, and treatment were largely free and easily accessible. Depending on your health insurance coverage, these services may have a cost associated with them and some of your preferred locations may no longer offer services once the Public Health Emergency ends. Contact your health insurance provider and preferred location for more information. If you are currently uninsured, you are highly encouraged to sign up for Medicaid if you are income eligible, or sign up for Connect for Health Colorado to maintain health insurance.
|Insurance Type||COVID-19 Vaccine*||COVID-19 Testing||COVID-19 Treatment|
At home tests: out-of pocket
Provider ordered tests: may have cost-sharing
|Covered by Plan D with cost-sharing|
|Medicaid||Free||Free at-home tests until September 2024||Free treatments until September, 2024|
|Private Insurance||Depends on plan, contact your insurer||Cost-sharing, contact your insurer||Cost-sharing, contact insurer|
|Uninsured||Free through the Bridge Access Program||Free tests available through ICATT program||Out-of-pocket|
If you are uninsured, you are encouraged to sign up for Medicaid, CHP+, or Connect for Health Colorado. Find more information below.
Access to COVID-19 services may be decreasing, depending on your insurer and your preferred provider. Contact your insurer and preferred provider for specific information. Here is general information about access to COVID-19 services:
- CDPHE’s mobile vaccination bus will be decommissioned when the Public Health Emergency ends.
- Most COVID-19 testing will be done at the traditional health care system, or with at-home tests for a cost.
- Test-to-treat locations will continue to offer COVID-19 testing and treatment, however the cost for these services will no longer be covered by federal funds. Contact your health insurance provider or test-to-treat location for information about out-of-pocket costs.
BPHE has continued to protect and promote the health of Broomfield residents throughout the pandemic. The end of the Public Health Emergency will bring operational changes that residents should be aware of.
BPHE will continue to:
- Offer free COVID-19 vaccines until late summer. Residents are encouraged to get themselves and their families up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines while it is free and easily accessible.
- Provide epidemiological and infection control support, guidance and education for COVID-19.
- Provide free at home COVID-19 test kits to community partners serving vulnerable and uninsured populations.
BPHE will no longer:
- Notify the public about changes in Broomfield’s level on the CDC’s Community Levels. Residents are encouraged to check the levels weekly and make informed decisions about their health.
- House Broomfield-specific COVID-19 data on our website. Residents are encouraged to view state level data at CDPHE COVID-19 dashboard (this one has some county level information including deaths and cases) and the CDPHE Dashboard for Viral Respiratory Diseases (state level data only).
- Offer Pfizer-brand or Novavax-brand COVID-19 vaccines. The clinic will only offer Moderna-brand COVID-19 vaccines for all ages.
- Host CDPHE’s mobile vaccination bus, as CDPHE’s funding for the bus is ending.
- Offer free at-home test kits at the Library. Stay up-to-date on the Library's supply here.
- House all of the COVID-19 webpages that currently exist on the website. Starting May 19, BPHE’s COVID-19 webpages will be condensed and some pages will be unpublished. Starting September 1, remaining pages will be moved to the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases page at Broomfield.org/3779/Vaccine-Preventable-Diseases.
The emergency declarations made it easier for people to get health insurance coverage and keep their coverage throughout the pandemic. People that want to keep their Medicaid or CHP+ coverage must complete, sign, and return their renewal packet to keep their health coverage if they still qualify. If you are a Health First Colorado or CHP+ member, please make sure your contact information is up to date in PEAK so your renewal packet can get to you. If you do not have a PEAK account, you can create one at CO.gov/PEAK. You can also contact Broomfield Human Services to make sure your address and other contact information is up to date.
Is COVID-19 Still a Threat?
The landscape of COVID-19 has changed drastically over the last three years. With highly effective prevention measures, vaccines, and treatment, the threat of COVID-19 is significantly lower than it was. However, some people may still be at higher risk and may need to continue to take precautions. Talk to your health care provider or visit the CDC’s website for more information.
Where Can I Learn More?
Medicaid and CHP+ Information and Resources
- Broomfield Human Services: Update your contact information and learn more about Medicaid and CHP+ coverage in Broomfield.
- Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing: Learn more about the end of the COVID-19 Continuous Coverage Requirement .
- Health First Colorado (Medicaid): Learn more about Medicaid eligibility, coverage, and sign up for coverage if you qualify.
- Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+): Learn more about CHP+ eligibility, coverage, and sign up for coverage if you qualify.
- Connect for Health Colorado: If you are losing Medicaid or CHP+ coverage, sign up for Connect for Health Colorado through the special enrollment period.
COVID-19 Prevention, Guidance, and Data
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Learn more about COVID-19 prevention and guidance.
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Learn more about COVID-19 prevention, data, information for providers, and more.
- CDPHE’s COVID-19 Data: Learn more about Colorado’s COVID-19 data.
- Broomfield Vaccine Clinics: Find information about COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Broomfield.