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Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Everything you need to know about the major health care bills still alive at the Colorado Capitol

Colorado lawmakers are debating several consequential — if complicated — measures that would reform the health care system

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Why Colorado’s ongoing fight against high hospital prices is now a lot more complicated

State health officials want large hospital systems to reduce their prices and profits. But the COVID pandemic could make it a tougher sell.

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Three state agencies are auditing the troubled mental health center for 10 Western Slope counties

State investigators are at Mind Springs Health offices in Western Colorado this week to review files and financial documents.

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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.

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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.

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Colorado county leaders blast state officials over mental health, claim 69 foster kids are missing

In a letter to state officials, county human services directors say their caseworkers have had to sleep in office buildings with children because they can’t find them a bed.

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Class-action lawsuit alleges Colorado is failing at children’s mental health care

A similar lawsuit in Illinois forced that state to improve its mental health system for kids who qualify for Medicaid.

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Despite fears, Colorado’s biggest hospitals made money during the pandemic

Stimulus money and investment income helped make up for a downturn in revenue from patient care, according to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

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A $500 million Medicaid boost gives Colorado a chance to re-do its disability services

Funding for in-home personal care for aging Coloradans and people with disabilities would jump for three years under American Rescue Plan spending.

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Colorado will pay hospitals to close expensive free-standing ERs

The state wants some of the 34 hospital-owned free-standing ERs converted to other purposes, such as providing primary care or mental health services.

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New Colorado health insurance subsidies open as search for people eligible but not enrolled ramps up

American Rescue Plan subsidies increase Thursday, and residents can apply through Aug. 15 for a broadly expanded menu of premium help

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Colorado already allows prescription drug imports from Canada. Lawmakers want to open it up to more countries.

Colorado and 11 other states want to expand programs to directly import medications, most of which are manufactured in other countries. The law passed in 2019 to allow Canadian imports hasn't yet been implemented.

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Too many empty beds at Colorado nursing homes leave the industry in financial distress

Two corporate operators are pulling back from the state, attempting to transfer a combined 29 nursing homes into new hands.

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Colorado hospitals’ profit margins are nation’s highest as state lawmakers move to cap health care costs

A new financial analysis for the Colorado Business Group on Health pegs medical profits at $2.8 billion in 2018, and critiques heavy concentration of hospital power for causing the state’s high prices

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Colorado takes a step toward importing drugs from Canada, but the start date is still two years away

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing predicts big prescription cost savings -- but not for the state’s Medicaid program

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In a Colorado long-term care facility during coronavirus, and desperate to get out

There are significant barriers that keep people in nursing homes that they would rather not live in. Affordable housing is a huge one.

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Health care coverage for more than a half-million Coloradans at stake in Obamacare fight at Supreme Court

State law is a backstop to many of the most popular consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act

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Coronavirus will add 500,000 people to Colorado’s Medicaid rolls — with major consequences for the health care system

From hospital profits to insurance prices to policy debates, the pandemic has reshaped the debate about health care in Colorado

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Mental health care in Colorado has gone virtual thanks to coronavirus. For some patients, it’s long overdue.

Community mental health clinics are still open during the pandemic, but therapists are meeting with clients in privacy-protected online sessions.

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Colorado is banking on telehealth to slow coronavirus. But many rural hospitals lack necessary resources.

Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement rules changed on Wednesday, but rural hospitals say they still face significant financial barriers to get the virtual systems in place fast enough to make a difference

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