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Colorado Democrats drop public health insurance option to pursue state-regulated plan instead after industry pushback

An amendment to House Bill 1232 would require private insurers in the state to offer a highly regulated, standardized plan and drive down premium costs by 18% over three years

Politics and Government

Colorado to offer walk-in coronavirus vaccinations at three sites

The dozens of other vaccination sites in Colorado will continue to operate on an appointment-only basis

Coronavirus

Colorado is in its fourth coronavirus wave as more contagious variants become dominant among cases

“More than 50% of positive cases that are occurring in the state are now due to variants of COVID-19,” Dr. Rachel Herlihy said

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Opinion: A Colorado public option for health care is a backwards step

We would all be much better off by working together to build on and improve our current system than trying to implement one that is controlled by politicians in Denver.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: In a COVID-devastated world, the case for a Colorado public option for health care is clear

By reining in runaway health-care costs through the public option, we can protect all Coloradans, especially low-income families, underserved communities and under-represented populations.

Opinion Columns

Colorado will open coronavirus vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older starting on Friday

The state was planning to open vaccine eligibility to the general public starting in mid-April. Colorado will join at least 12 other states across the country that have already expanded eligibility to the general population or will do so by the end of the week.

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In the Denver Health emergency department, patients and caregivers are scarred by a brutal year

Patients’ wounds hinted at links to the pandemic. So did the emotional damage to workers.

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Colorado will loosen its coronavirus dial system next week, allow bars to reopen across much of the state and end personal gathering limits

Colorado is also removing its limit on personal gathering sizes, though CDPHE notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still strongly recommends avoiding larger gatherings and crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Colorado Democrats unveil their public health insurance option proposal. Here’s how it would work.

The Colorado Sun combed through the bill and talked to its sponsors to learn what the measure would do

Health

Colorado could soon be required to help every person leaving prison get a photo ID

A photo ID is needed to access basic services and government benefits, get a job or open a bank account. But currently, not every Colorado prisoner gets help obtaining one.

Politics and Government

Colorado set to begin receiving roughly twice as many coronavirus vaccine doses starting in April

Gov. Jared Polis said he’s “confident that summer will be very close to normal”

Coronavirus

Opinion: It’s time for Colorado’s Catholic Church to take a moral inventory

The dialogue about the need for accountability following reports of priestly abuse should also be the catalyst for examining other areas where the church presumes moral authority, including health care.

Opinion Columns

“It’s no big deal”: Colorado governor receives coronavirus vaccine, urges others to follow his lead

Jared Polis, 45, said he received the vaccine because he is among about 200 people who were given priority access to ensure continuity of government.

Coronavirus

On Edge: How friendship has been a mental-health safety net for two Colorado nurses battling coronavirus

In a year when nearly everyone’s mental health has been shakier than usual, they feel especially grateful to have built a friendship that is also a safety net

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At Colorado’s rural edges, vaccines help assisted-living facilities reopen their doors

Counties are circumventing bogged-down Walgreens and CVS, the pharmacy chains contracted for the campaign to get vaccines to the elderly

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Opinion: The American dream will fade without public investment in health, education

Opinion

Colorado eases license rules to let foreign-trained health workers help during coronavirus

Early on Colorado eased some licensing requirement in anticipation of a worker shortage. Through mid-December, 36 foreign-trained doctors sought temporary licenses, although only one met all the criteria.

Health

Opinion: Achieving racial equity in health care is a task for all of us

It starts with all health systems identifying biases in providing health care.

Opinion Columns

Colorado governor says “we were lied to” after federal plans to speed up vaccine didn’t prove up

Colorado was expecting to receive 210,000 coronavirus vaccine doses next week. "Now we find out we’ll only get 79,000 next week," Gov. Jared Polis wrote on Twitter.

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On Edge: A veteran Colorado paramedic grapples with coronavirus’ toll on his lungs and sense of self

Jason McGinnis cannot stop asking himself how he contracted COVID-19. He spent eight days in the hospital and is still struggling both physically and mentally to fully recover from the ordeal.

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