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Colorado’s legislative efforts are not enough to solve its Front Range ozone problem

Laws dealing with diesel buses, emissions notifications and free public transit during months when ground-level ozone is worst won't do much to improve air quality, experts say


Mobile clinics in border towns, stockpiling Plan B: Colorado’s new reality as abortion bans kick in across the country

The number of out-of-state abortion patients seeking treatment in Colorado has already doubled in some cases


Colorado lawmakers had ambitious plans to help kids in crisis this year. Not all the ideas made the cut. 

Colorado lawmakers were spurred by grim news about suicide, depression and the long-term effects of institutional care, but that didn't always translate into results.


Trump’s legacy looms large as Colorado aims to close the Hispanic insurance gap

Nationally and in Colorado, the share of people without health insurance has long been significantly higher among Hispanics than among non-Hispanic white, Black, or Asian residents


Colorado’s drop in life expectancy blamed on COVID, drugs

The average life expectancy for Colorado residents fell to 78 years in 2021


Monkeypox may be spreading undetected in Colorado. Here’s what that means.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment scheduled two vaccine clinics, part of a shift in strategy


A Denver fund is fighting to keep attention on racial inequities in the metro area

But in an instant and virtual world, where attention spans are short, it can be challenging to keep the level of focus needed to close persistent gaps


Colorado passed new laws intended to help tenants. But those affected by the Marshall fire say they’re not working. 

Renters in the fire area say they’re dealing with price gouging, retaliation and smoke damage six months after the fire.


Why fixing Colorado’s health care system is becoming more about housing and less about insurance

Michele Lueck, the outgoing head of the Colorado Health Institute, says lawmakers have done about all they can to expand access to health insurance


States can ban abortion after U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Thirteen states, mainly in the South and Midwest, already have laws on the books that ban abortion in the event Roe is overturned.

Politics and Government

How the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will affect abortion access in Colorado

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade. In Colorado, there are — and will continue to be — very few abortion restrictions.

Politics and Government

Colorado moves one step closer to a government-designed health insurance plan

The Colorado Option is designed by state regulators, but will be sold by individual insurance companies


COVID vaccines for the youngest Coloradans are here. We have answers to your questions.

Federal regulators have approved both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for kids as young as 6 months


Colorado has been spreading biosolids with “forever chemicals” on farms, records show. How dangerous is it? 

Environmental groups say there is no safe level for toxic PFAS chemicals in drinking water or on farm land. State regulators say they are studying it.


Colorado’s plan to import prescription drugs from Canada just got a boost, thanks to Congress

A provision in an obscure bill would require the Food and Drug Administration to set up an importation program


Denver jail lacks strategy to deal with mental health, fails to adequately monitor array of contracts, audit says

The jail needs a fully electronic records system to track whether its mental health and substance abuse programs are working, Denver AuditorTimothy O’Brien said.


Grassroots groups lead the way on closing Colorado’s infant mortality gap

Colorado is among about 15 states that have met federal goals to reduce infant mortality. Breaking down the data by race and ethnicity, though, makes clear that major gaps remain.


“The End” bus tour depicts an apocalyptic Denver to help spur climate change action

The custom-renovated school bus stops at five abandoned sites throughout the city and runs Thursday and weekends through July 31


Colorado has pushed for years to combine mental health and medical care. Some new laws  and money should help. 

Health clinics, doctors’ offices and community colleges can tap into coronavirus aid to improve mental health offerings and train workers.


As maternal mortality rate rises, Colorado health organizations tackle mental health and drug abuse

COVID-19 pushed maternal death rates higher nationwide. Some Colorado initiatives are responding with programs offering mental health care, help with substance misuse.

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