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Opinion: The ACA changed how we treat cancer — and it is all at risk because of our current leadership

Health is a fragile thing. We’ve been told this over and over, but often it’s hard to imagine that we are anything but invincible. There are certain moments in our lives when that changes. The world is currently living through one of those moments. But for us, that moment came when we were given a […]

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Opinion: Lowering health care costs is essential, but must be done in the right way

In the U.S. and Colorado, health care costs are too high. Many individuals struggle to pay their insurance premiums and health care bills, and rising deductibles mean patients are responsible for increasing percentages of their total health care costs. Nationwide, health care accounts for about 18% of the total gross domestic product. This is unsustainable, […]

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Opinion: Colorado’s public option should maximize competition and affordability. Here’s how.

Legislative leaders and Gov. Jared Polis have rightly identified increasing competition and improving affordability as core priorities for the proposed public option health insurance program. Whether or not it will achieve these goals could hinge on an important question that has been drowned out in this largely ideological debate: should all health plans in the […]

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Opinion: Let’s stop choosing between buying food or healthcare. The urgent need for Medicare-for-all

According to a recent Colorado Health Institute report for the Colorado Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging, over half a million Coloradans serve as unpaid caregivers for individuals over the age of 50.  Many of these caregivers simultaneously work for hard-earned paychecks in jobs outside of their caregiving responsibilities. However, caregiving often has a negative […]

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What would happen if the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — went away?

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Any day now, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could rule the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. At least it seemed that two of the three appeals court judges were leaning that way during oral arguments in the case, State of Texas v. USA, in July. Trump administration health officials […]

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Why Colorado hospitals are getting into the housing business

By Markian Hawryluk, Kaiser Health News One patient at Denver Health, the city’s largest safety net hospital, occupied a bed for more than four years — a hospital record of 1,558 days. Another admitted for a hard-to-treat bacterial infection needed eight weeks of at-home IV antibiotics, but had no home. A third, with dementia, came […]

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Nicolais: Could Hickenlooper clear the field as Cory Gardner did in 2014? Not likely.

Just under six years ago, then U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner entered the 2014 U.S. Senate race and cleared the GOP field. Now Colorado politicos wait expectantly to see if former Gov. John Hickenlooper will attempt the same feat on the Democratic side in the race to meet Gardner in 2020’s general election. Unfortunately for Hickenlooper, […]

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Colorado’s reinsurance program is the biggest thing to happen to health care in the state in years. It might not last.

Colorado officials announced Wednesday that the state’s reinsurance program — responsible for what is projected to be a dramatic decline in health insurance prices for some people in 2020 — has received federal approval and, thus, will go into effect. This is not a small deal. “It’s the biggest tangible step we’ve seen in reducing […]