Patients & Families

Centura Health LINKS

Solutions & resources to inspire health.

We are a non-profit program that connects individuals who are living on a fixed-income with Medicare and other health benefits. Since program inception, we have served over 25,000 individuals and are serving more every day. We can help those aging into Medicare as well as those who may already have public benefits, but want to know if their benefits are right for them. We can help you or your loved ones with finding an insurance plan, prescription coverage, and other community resources and benefits.

LINKS offers a number of no-cost services to help the community access and get care including:

  • One-on-one insurance counseling with a certified Medicare benefits counselor
  • Application and enrollment assistance by appointment, in-person or by phone
  • Educational classes and seminars on Medicare and Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) for community members or community partners
  • Outreach and engagement support at community events
  • Meet the Team

    Centura Health LINKS is a team of talented Benefits Counselors, Intake Specialists, Data Program Analyst, and volunteers who are dedicated to helping you apply for the benefits that you’ve earned and deserve.

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  • Programs & Services

    Benefits Check Up Colorado

    BenefitsCheckUp quickly finds federal, state and private benefit programs available to help you save money on prescription drugs, utilities, taxes, nutrition, and more. BenefitsCheckUp Colorado is brought to you by Centura Health, AARP and the National Outreach Partner for BenefitsCheckUp—a service of the National Council on Aging, and the Rose Community Foundation.

    Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program)

    Health First Colorado is a federally funded benefit program that provides health insurance for those living on a fixed income. Qualified individuals will receive coverage for hospital care, doctor’s visits, home care and skilled nursing facility care.

    Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

    LEAP is a state run program that helps individuals and families manage heat and energy costs including home energy bills, energy crises, weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs. In Colorado, you can apply for this benefit between November and April.

    Low-Income Subsidy

    LIS, also known as “Extra-Help” is a program for Medicare Beneficiaries living on a fixed income that helps cover Medicare Part D monthly premiums, deductibles, coinsurance and co-pays. The amount of the subsidy is dependent on the individual’s income compared to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

    Medicare

    Medicare is a Federal insurance program for individuals who are 65 years and older, certain younger people with disabilities, and individuals with End-Stage-Renal-Disease. Original Medicare is made-up of four parts (i.e. Parts A, B, C, and D) which provide hospital, medical, and drug coverage.

    Medicare Part D

    Medicare Part D refers to the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Generally, individuals who are enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B are eligible for a Part D plan. There are a variety of Part D plans each of which has a different cost and covers different medications. Contact LINKS to learn more about what your options are and what plan works best for you.

    Medicare Savings Programs (MSP)

    The Medicare Savings Programs are for Medicare Beneficiaries living on a fixed-income living at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The Medicare Savings Programs include Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), Specified Low Income Beneficiary (SLMB), and Qualifying Individual (QI). Depending on which program you qualify for, you may receive assistance in paying for Medicare premiums and portions of Medicare costs that are not covered by Medicare.

    Old Age Pension

    Old Age Pension is a state-funded program that provides financial assistance to low-income individuals who are 60 years or older. The amount of the stipend is dependent on the individual’s monthly income.

    RxAssist

    The RxAssist helps make prescription medications more affordable. Pharmaceutical companies may be able to offer generic brands or other low cost alternatives to your current medications that will help decrease your prescription costs.

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    The SNAP program is one of the most well-known food assistance programs in the United States. SNAP is a cash benefit that helps limited or fixed income individuals and families afford the food they need for good health.

    To learn more or to schedule an appointment with a Benefits Counselor contact us.

  • State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

    We know understanding insurance can be overwhelming. Let our knowledgeable staff and volunteers answer your questions and help guide you on topics including Medicare benefits, Medigap insurance, employer health plans, long-term care insurance and Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program). Through the Colorado Division of Insurance, we give people pertinent information about Medicare’s gap in coverage.

    Note: We do not recommend, endorse or promote any insurance company, policy or agent.

    To learn more or to schedule an appointment with a Benefits Counselor contact us.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers are a key part of the Centura Health LINKS team and help to provide information and assistance to seniors and their family members about Medicare, Medicare Part D, and other public benefits available to seniors and Medicare Beneficiaries in the state of Colorado. In fiscal year 2016, our volunteers donated 3,700 hours to LINKS helping to make it possible for us provide programs and services at no cost to our clients.

    Volunteering is a great way to spend your free time. At LINKS, we offer volunteer opportunities that not only provide educational opportunities and learning experiences for our volunteers, but allow our volunteers to spend their time giving back to and enriching the lives of our community. Our volunteer opportunities vary from assisting with administrative work, to outreach and networking, to providing Medicare counseling.

    SHIP Counselor
    Become a certified State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor and be part of the largest SHIP office in the state. LINKS’ SHIP program focuses on providing Medicare assistance and counseling to 14 different counties across Colorado. Our SHIP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries, their family, friends, and caregivers understand their Medicare benefits and options through one-on-one counseling, community presentations, and outreach. All volunteers must complete a robust 3-day SHIP training and exam before obtaining their certification. In addition to the initial SHIP training, LINKS offers its volunteers many ongoing opportunities for additional training and learning so that you can stay up to date with senior health care.

    The ideal candidate is comfortable learning new, complex systems and working with a wide variety of people. Prior experience with Medicare is not required as over time volunteers have the opportunity to become experts on Medicare-related issues through training and on-site experience. If you have a passion for helping others and want to see real-time outcomes to your work then a position with Centura Health LINKS is the volunteer option for you.

    Administrative Assistant
    We are in need of volunteers to help staff our reception area and assist with LINKS administrative tasks. This job entails greeting our wonderful clients, answering the phone, and completing administrative tasks such as filing, data entry, mailings, and scanning documents in between. Volunteers provide invaluable support for LINKS’ programs and services, enabling LINKS staff to ensure clients receive timely access to the information and resources they need.

    This position is great for retired individuals and those who enjoy working for the aging population and want to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

    Data Entry
    Centura Health LINKS is looking for a data entry volunteer. We are looking for a volunteer who is computer literate, a fast typist, and familiar with data entry and reporting. Experience with Excel is preferred. The data entry volunteer will assist the Data Project Analyst with data entry, tracking, and reporting. This role is essential to the success of the many Federal, State, and local grants that fund the LINKS and SHIP programs.

    Volunteer Application