Your role as a health care provider is vital in making sure that the paid Family and Medical Leave (FAMLI) program is an accessible and meaningful benefit for workers.
In late Summer of 2023, health care providers will be asked to register with the FAMLI Division to help make sure things go smoothly when Coloradans start applying for benefits in 2024. Sign up here to receive FAMLI updates just for health care providers!
Remember that FAMLI provides paid time off for Colorado workers when they need it most.
Here’s why you are so critical to this process. When your patients experience a serious health condition that prevents them from working, or have welcomed a child to their family, you play a critical role in helping them access and get approved for paid time off. You also play a critical role in making sure your patients’ family members can take paid time off to care for them.
Under the FAMLI law, a health care provider is defined as any person licensed, certified, or registered under Federal or Colorado law to provide medical or emergency services. This includes but is not limited to:
- Physicians and doctors
- Emergency room personnel
The law defines a “serious health condition” as “an illness, injury, impairment, pregnancy, recovery from childbirth, or physical or mental condition that involves inpatient care in a hospital, hospice or residential medical care facility, or continuing treatment by a health care provider.”
Health care providers may also be asked to verify that a person is seeking medical care or mental health counseling or both for themselves or for their children to address physical or psychological injuries resulting from the act of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault or abuse.
My FAMLI+ is the online application system we are currently developing. This system will allow health care providers to support their patients by making recommendations for leave duration based on their patients’ condition or treatment plan. Registering directly in the system will allow health care providers to provide an elevated patient experience by supporting them – and their families – when a serious health condition prevents them from working by getting rid of excess paperwork. Once it’s ready, we’ll have step-by-step user guides and how-to videos published here to support you and your staff through the process.
Please subscribe to our health care provider list to get updates about our progress and alerts when the system is live!
Here’s what you need to know about how health care providers will be involved in the application process:
- Register and create a My FAMLI+ account once the system launches towards the end of Summer 2023. Registering in the portal will not only benefit your patients, but will also help protect your credentials and ensure that approved and licensed health care providers are making treatment decisions impacting a patient's ability to work.
- When a patient seeks your verification, you will:
- Get a notification from the My FAMLI+ portal that a patient has applied for paid family or medical leave.
- Then, you’ll determine if your patient’s health condition qualifies them for FAMLI and how much time off they—and their family members—may need. The amount of time off is based on your professional opinion.
- Complete the Serious Health Condition Form on behalf of your patient. This can all be managed in My FAMLI+, and health care providers will be able to add staff members within their practice to help them manage these forms in the system. Patients will also be able to bring hard copies of the Serious Health Condition Form to their appointment for their providers to sign. We recommend using the online system to reduce the risk of human error and reduce the amount of patient paperwork during stressful life events.
The FAMLI program will begin to pay out benefits to support patients on January 1, 2024. We anticipate opening up the application system at the end of 2023, so Coloradans can begin applying for benefits for anticipated needs for leave early. Registered health care providers will start getting notifications from the system once it launches for all Coloradans at the end of the year.
If you are a healthcare provider who would like to advise our outreach efforts, or if you have specific questions ahead of implementation, we invite you to contact us at: CDLE_FAMLI_info@state.co.us.
Get Health Care Provider updates about FAMLI