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Colorado Medicaid contractor reverses course, will no longer try to recoup payments from mental health providers

The announcement came two days after The Colorado Sun reported that mental health providers would no longer accept Medicaid patients because of the debacle.

Health

Suncor must make pollution cuts to meet new haze rules protecting Colorado park views

Environmental groups push for slashing air pollutants from the biggest smokestacks for EPA “regional haze” update, end up winning some, losing some.

Environment

Colorado panel issues recommendations for when ketamine should be used outside of hospital settings

Paramedics injected Elijah McClain with ketamine after they said he exhibited signs of excited delirium. McClain later died.

Health

With federal COVID sick leave gone, workers feel pressure to show up at work

Paid sick leave is an essential tool — like testing, masks and vaccines — in the effort to prevent COVID-19 infection and keep workplaces safe. Few states have programs. Colorado is one of them.

Health

Colorado health chief’s testimony in whistleblower lawsuit against CDPHE wasn’t credible, judge says

Judge Shelley Gilman issued a ruling last week denying the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former CDPHE employee

Health

Colorado’s fentanyl crisis is surging, but only two school districts have ordered doses of the opioid antidote

Only Boulder Valley and Clear Creek school districts have received free naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose, through a state bulk purchasing program.

Health

Colorado mental health therapists are quitting Medicaid over latest payment debacle

Several behavioral health providers say they will no longer treat Medicaid patients after 199 providers received letters ordering them to return payment for therapy already completed.

Health

Denver-area businesses may start checking your COVID vaccination status. Here’s how to get proof on your smartphone.

The myColorado app lets you download your official vaccine record on your phone -- as well as your driver’s license

Coronavirus

Denver and its surrounding counties just issued a new mask order. These five charts show why.

The number of people dying from COVID in Colorado is the highest it has been all year

Coronavirus

Debating whether to vaccinate your kids against COVID? Here are some things to know.

The risk of myocarditis from a coronavirus infection is much greater than it is from the COVID vaccine, according to research.

Coronavirus

Armed guards helped evict residents from an East Colfax motel in violation of tenant laws, suit claims

The VareCo notified tenants of the 95-unit Summit View Inn they had to leave, but pushed them out before they had their day in court. Now some are homeless.

Housing

Volunteer deal for Colorado COVID management cost taxpayers $1.6 million

Colorado paid a group of Gov. Jared Polis' business associates who "volunteered" to help manage the pandemic $630,000. Then it paid another $1 million.

Politics and Government

Schools, pediatricians look to make up lost ground on non-COVID vaccinations

Only 41% of Black children who were 18 months old were up to date on vaccinations in fall of 2020, compared with 57% of all children of that age.

Health

Denver’s program to house people who were homeless was so successful, the federal government is offering millions more to expand it

In April 2022, the social impact bond initiative will recruit and house 125 more people who are chronically homeless

Housing

KC Becker, former Colorado House speaker, appointed to lead regional EPA office

The Democrat was a prime sponsor of Senate Bill 181 in 2019, a measure that rewrote Colorado's oil and gas regulations.

Environment

Will COVID patients who reject vaccines embrace monoclonal antibodies? Colorado is counting on it.

As coronavirus hospitalizations top 1,500 statewide, Colorado health officials hope expanding monoclonal antibody treatment will help avert a crisis

Coronavirus

Coloradans looking to KO Parkinson’s find refuge in the boxing ring

Experts have long understood that exercise can slow progression of the disease. But non-contact boxing has gained particular cachet.

Health

U.S. overdose deaths topped 100,000 in one year, officials say

Experts believe the top drivers are the growing prevalence of deadly fentanyl in the illicit drug supply and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health

Parents of young Coloradans killed by fentanyl call it murder. So why aren’t there more convictions?

Fatal fentanyl overdoses are skyrocketing across Colorado, but there have been only a few death charges.

Sun Investigation

Did Colorado’s COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers hurt hospital staffing? It’s complicated.

As a percentage of the workforce, the number of people who left or lost their jobs was small. But rural hospitals were hit harder.

Coronavirus
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