Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post

Kaiser Permanente Colorado said Monday it has notified about 2,500 patients that it will no longer serve as a Medicaid provider in some areas of the state.

Kaiser Permanente stopped providing health services as a Medicaid provider in its northern, southern and mountain service areas on June 30. It will continue providing care to Medicaid patients in the Denver-Boulder area.

Kaiser Permanente has 670,000 members in the state.

The northern, southern and mountain service areas affected by Kaiser Permanente’s decision include Frisco, Fort Collins, Loveland, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Kaiser Permanente said it is working with the state to help patients find another Medicaid provider.

“It’s always concerning when there are insurers or providers backing out of networks regardless of who that affects,” said Adam Fox, director of strategic engagement for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. “It means fewer choices for consumers.”

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