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Colorado will provide free education to students across health care jobs as it tries to fill dire worker shortages

A state effort to ease Colorado’s dire shortage of health care workers will offer tuition-free training for several thousand students, providing a much-needed boost to hospitals and clinics.  The Care Forward Colorado Program will invest $26 million of federal COVID stimulus funding into the program for two years, guaranteeing free schooling for students interested in […]

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Why Colorado’s state employee health insurance plan just made a pretty significant change

If you are in Colorado and you need treatment for, say, cancer, there are dozens of hospitals and clinics that can provide it for you. But those places are not equal. Some charge dramatically more than others — sometimes twice as much — for the same service. Some have significantly higher quality ratings, as scored […]

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Colorado health insurance prices set to jump next year — at least for some

Health insurance prices for many Coloradans could rise by as much as 11% next year, the largest jump in five years. That’s the bad news in preliminary rate filings released Tuesday by the Colorado Division of Insurance. The filings are for plans sold in the small group and individual markets — the places where small […]

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

For years, Colorado lawmakers have worked relentlessly to reform the state’s health care system. But that work has often focused on just one narrow area: health insurance. From expanding access to Medicaid, to setting up a state health insurance exchange, to engineering a complicated reinsurance program to creating the Colorado Option, a government-designed health plan, […]

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Colorado hospitals nearly led the nation for charges to the privately insured, report finds

Colorado hospitals in 2020 on average charged privately insured patients nearly three times what Medicare paid for the same services, according to a new report released this week. The report, from researchers at Rand Corp., a nonpartisan think tank, ranked Colorado 12th in the nation for the gap between Medicare and the privately insured. Nationwide, […]

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Rep. Kennedy: Colorado can have health insurance that pays for quality, not quantity

In my nearly six years as a state representative, I’ve spent more time and energy on health-care reform than on any other topic. I’ve sponsored legislation to improve regulations of free-standing emergency rooms, require cost transparency from hospitals, implement a reinsurance program (which has saved consumers more than 20% on premiums in the individual market), […]