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Health Care Providers FAQs

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Who is a healthcare provider under the FAMLI definition?

Under the FAMLI definition, a healthcare 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
  • Nurses
  • Emergency Room Personnel
  • Midwives
What is a serious health condition under the FAMLI definition?

The law defines this as illness, injury, impairment, pregnancy, recovery from childbirth, or physical or mental condition that involves inpatient care in a hospital, hospice or residential care facility, or continuing treatment by a healthcare provider. 

Do patients have to take all their leave at once?

No, patients do not have to use all their leave at once. For example, someone can take one day off a week for chemotherapy treatment or to care for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. In cases like this, your role is to determine the start and end dates of your patient’s serious health condition and how frequently they should take time away from work.

My patient’s family member wants to apply for Paid Leave to care for my patient. What do I need to do?

If your patient’s family member is applying for family leave to care for your patient, you will need to fill out the Serious Health Condition form for the family member. Your patient’s family member may qualify for time off to provide care to your patient based on this information. 

What is the benefit to health care providers of registering in the application system and why should I do that before benefits are available?

The FAMLI benefits application system allows health care providers to register in the system and make a recommendation on leave duration for their patients based on their condition or treatment plan. Registering directly in the system will allow you to provide an elevated patient experience by supporting them – and their families – when a serious health condition prevents them from working. The more providers who use our online system means many patients will not need to bring documents to a provider's office during stressful life events. 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. 

We encourage health care providers to register in the system now–-before benefits are available—so that when your patients start applying for benefits at the end of the year, you’ll get direct notifications from the portal letting you know that a patient needs your support.