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Reps. Bacon and Mullica: Ban flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes

As parents, educators, and health care providers, we are personally invested in the issue of flavored tobacco, including e-cigarettes. We have seen the harm caused by vaping addiction in kids, at home, in the classroom, and in our medical facilities. Nicotine can have long-lasting effects on brain development, impacting impulse control, the ability to learn […]

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What will be debated at the Colorado Capitol when the legislature returns next week

Gov. Jared Polis wants Colorado to become one of the top 10 safest states in the U.S. within five years, he said Thursday night during a virtual Colorado Sun event ahead of the 2022 legislative session, which begins next week on Jan. 12. “It’ll take a lot of work to get there,” he said. Polis, […]

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Opinion: Rising drug prices hurt rural, minority Coloradans most of all

Colorado’s two U.S. senators, John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet, are in a unique position to hold Big Pharma accountable, and lead the way to reduce prescription drug prices. As a physician who has worked at Clinica Tepeyac, a well-regarded private healthcare facility that provides free or low-cost healthcare to the Latino community in Denver, as […]

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

Some private insurance companies operating in Colorado will soon be required to offer a state-regulated health insurance plan that eventually will be 15% cheaper than current rates under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jared Polis. In addition to House Bill 1232, the health insurance measure, Polis also signed into law legislation creating […]

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

The Colorado legislature on Monday night sent a sweeping bill intended to drive down health care costs to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk, achieving an elusive goal for Democrats and launching the state into an experiment that could provide a roadmap for the rest of the country.  House Bill 1232 passed the General Assembly without the […]

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

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit insurance companies from using consumer information collected from outside sources such as social media and court and home ownership records to determine insurance rates. The measure would bar insurers from using third-party site data to charge higher insurance […]