Colorado Medical Exemption Program (CMEP)

What Is CMEP?

The Colorado Medical Exemption Program (CMEP) is a special energy assistance program offered by Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy and overseen by the Chronic Care Collaborative. The program provides lower electric rates to customers who meet specific medical qualifications.

Who Can Participate?

Xcel Energy or Black Hills Energy customers may be eligible for CMEP if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have medical conditions that require higher electric use during the summer and/or use life support equipment in their homes. (Some examples include: home dialysis, oxygen and CPAP machines, and electric wheelchairs.)
  2. Meeting the household income eligibility. For Xcel customers – household income of must be less than 400% of federal poverty guidelines. For Black Hills customers – must provide proof of income and household income must be less than 250% of federal poverty guidelines.
  3. Complete and return the program application. For Xcel customers only the deadline is May 1, 2021. There is no deadline for Black Hills Energy customers.
  4. Energy usage: For Xcel customers – use a high level of electricity during June-September of more than 606 KWH of power each month. For Black Hills customers, the eligibility is above 780 kWh usage.

      Note: Customers must meet all qualifiers to be approved for the program.

For additional information on how CMEP works or program eligibility, please view the Black Hills Energy website, Xcel Energy website, or Xcel’s program fact sheet.

CMEP Household Income Limits for 2021 for Xcel Energy customers = 400% FPL

CMEP Household Income Limits for Black Hills Energy Customers = 250% FPL

How To Apply:

  1. Complete and sign the program application for Xcel Energy  or Black Hills Energy.
    Note: Page 2 of the application must be signed and completed by your health care provider.
  2. Mail or fax your completed application to:

Colorado Medical Exemption Program
P.O. Box 461657
Aurora CO 80015-9998


Contact Sabrina Padilla

Phone: 303-993-5056

Fax: 303-955-7538

For more information, click here for CMEP frequently asked questions.