Posted inHealth, News

How Colorado insurance regulators used an Obamacare quirk to help engineer better health coverage prices for 2019

For the first time in years, Coloradans who buy their own health insurance could be in for some relatively good news this week. When the state Division of Insurance announces the finalized 2019 rates for the individual insurance market on Thursday, consumers will see the lowest premium price increases since the implementation of the Affordable […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

Everything you need to know about Deborah Ramirez, Brett Kavanaugh and a party at Yale that could change the course of the American judiciary

Deborah Ramirez, a county government worker in Boulder, has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while they were students together at Yale University. The allegations could impact not only Kavanaugh’s chances of making it onto the nation’s highest court but also this year’s midterm elections, the 2020 presidential election and the […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

As Trump, Republicans question her allegations against Kavanaugh, those who know Debbie Ramirez work to defend her

BOULDER — On a day when a senior U.S. senator called her allegations “phony” and the president of the United States dismissed them as part of “the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate for anything,” Deborah Ramirez, a county human services employee, rolled a recycling bin out in front of her […]

Posted inNews, Wildfire

Black Forest has rebuilt after the fire that gutted it. But is it at risk of being destroyed again?

BLACK FOREST — For more than five years after the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, Bill Mantia methodically cleared the charred skeleton of a forest from what once was his 20-acre parcel of paradise. Every day it went like this: Cut down a dead tree, saw it into smaller pieces, stack the wood, haul […]

Posted inEnvironment, Growth, News, Outdoors, Water

Amid drought, a changing climate and population growth, can Colorado’s unique water law system survive?

Colorado’s system governing water use predates the state itself — the oldest water rights in Colorado date to the 1850s. And it is so closely linked to the state that, even when it is used elsewhere, it is often called the “Colorado Doctrine.” But can it survive perhaps the greatest challenge in its history — […]

Posted inHealth, News, Politics and Government

Colorado doctor on influential state Medicaid board resigns after Sun report on pharma money

A doctor who served on a state advisory board that helps decide when Medicaid patients can be prescribed certain drugs has resigned following a Colorado Sun report that he failed to disclose thousands of dollars in payments and perks from pharmaceutical companies. In his email to state officials resigning from the Colorado Drug Utilization Review […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government, Transportation

Federal criminal investigation alleged as lawsuit claiming bribery, bid rigging for Denver airport concessions contract is revived

A federal criminal investigation is underway into allegations of bribery and bid rigging involving a former top official at Denver International Airport and a concessions contract worth millions of dollars, according to a lawsuit recently filed by a company that lost out on the bid. The filing revives a case dismissed by a judge earlier this year […]