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Colorado governor signs priority bills to cut health insurance costs, limit prescription drug prices

Colorado Democrats have tried for years to pass measures to regulate health insurance and cap prescription drug costs

Politics and Government

Colorado Democrats’ big health care bill is headed to the governor’s desk to be signed into law

House Bill 1232 passed the General Assembly without the support of a single Republican in the House or Senate

Politics and Government

Colorado bill prohibits insurers from using “discriminatory” data, like social media and credit scores, to set rates

The measure would bar insurers from using third-party site data to charge higher insurance premiums based on race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Politics and Government

Montana’s health policy MVP takes her playbook on the road to Colorado

Marilyn Bartlett, credited with saving Montana’s state employee health plan millions of dollars, is a busy consultant now, as states, counties and big businesses try to use her playbook to bring down hospital costs.

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A Colorado veteran had appendicitis. But the fight over his hospital bill may have been worse.

Shannon Harness, 39, received a bill for more than $80,000

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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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Colorado Democrats just proposed an enormous change to how health insurance programs are funded

Senate Bill 215, which would create a new fee on the health insurance premiums paid by close to a million Coloradans, affects the funding for the reinsurance program but may also face strong legal challenges

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Colorado’s coronavirus budget crunch is putting Democratic accomplishments at risk

The Joint Budget Committee will begin meeting next week to consider recommended spending cuts, but they still may not be enough to balance the budget

Politics and Government

$10,000-a-day fines and other things to know about Colorado’s new public health insurance option bill

Hospitals and insurance companies are required to participate in the plan, which lawmakers finally introduced Thursday

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Colorado’s public health insurance option puts a bull’s-eye on hospital profits. But some rural facilities could make more.

The state’s proposed payment formula gives high priority to independent and critical access hospitals, though some who would benefit question what the consequences will be

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Polis wants communities to negotiate directly with hospitals. But, in Durango, a major hospital system just said no.

Centura Health, which operates Durango’s Mercy Regional Medical Center, says it will not work with the new Southwest Health Alliance

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Colorado hospitals hate the plan to cap their prices. Here’s how they want to control health costs instead.

The Colorado Hospital Association has lined up behind a “total cost of care” model similar to what is used in Massachusetts

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Opinion: Transparency and accountability needed in prescription drug industry

Opinion Columns

5 numbers that explain why Colorado lawmakers want more insight into prescription drug costs

Democrats are trying again this year to pass a bill requiring pharmaceutical companies to be more transparent about price increases and rebates

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

Opinion Columns

Opinion: More price controls are the wrong Rx for health care in Colorado

Opinion Columns

Colorado lawmakers want to crack down on companies that look like health insurers but aren’t

Rep. Susan Lontine’s bill comes after the Colorado Division of Insurance shut down a health care sharing ministry that was covering “shockingly low” amounts of its members’ bills.

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A Denver businessman wants to fix America’s health care system — by doing your knee replacement in Mexico

Part entrepreneur and part activist, North American Specialty Hospital CEO James Polsfut has carved out a business model from the dysfunction of U.S. health care

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Colorado hospitals — under increased scrutiny — raised prices and saw more profit, new report says

The report from the Polis administration shows per-patient profits at Colorado hospitals reached their highest level in at least a decade in 2018

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Colorado public option opponents accused of trying to “weaponize” doctors against health insurance proposal

PATH, an organization backed by Colorado hospitals, is encouraging medical professionals to speak out against the soon-to-come public health insurance option legislation

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