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

Democrats in the Colorado legislature on Thursday introduced a bill designed to drive down health care costs and, if consumers’ expenses aren’t reduced, potentially create a state-offered health insurance option. The measure is the result of years of efforts by progressive lawmakers and is a top priority for Gov. Jared Polis. But it faces stiff […]

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Nonprofit launches $1 million TV ad buy against Colorado Democrats’ public health insurance option proposal

A deep-pocketed nonprofit backed by private insurance companies has launched a barrage of advertising aimed at building public opposition to Colorado Democrats’ attempt to create a public health insurance option. Partnership for America’s Health Care Future launched a TV ad buy at a cost of nearly $1 million on Monday that will run through early […]

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Fraudsters foiled by Colorado’s unemployment office as number of new out-of-work claims decline

A crackdown on fraudulent unemployment claims in Colorado resulted in a 42.1% drop in people seeking the $600 benefit paid weekly out of federal coronavirus relief funds. The state Department of Labor and Employment declined to share how scammers were able to claim millions in benefits, but said new fraud detection measures and limiting backdating […]

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Colorado’s unemployment fund could run out of money next month. Here’s what that means for businesses.

By the time Colorado does its annual June checkup of the special fund used to pay unemployed workers, the account will likely be empty, and possibly in the red.  Out-of-work Coloradans should be OK, though. They’ll still get unemployment pay because the state, as it’s done in the past, will borrow money from the federal […]

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Millions of older Americans live in counties with no ICU beds as coronavirus spread intensifies

By Fred Schulte, Elizabeth Lucas, Jordan Rau, Liz Szabo and Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News More than half the counties in America have no intensive care beds, posing a particular danger for more than 7 million people who are age 60 and up ― older patients who face the highest risk of serious illness or death from the rapid spread of […]

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One in eight people struggle with infertility. Colorado lawmakers want insurance to cover treatment

When Tyler Wilson came home after his deployment in Afghanistan in 2005, he was paralyzed from the waist down. He had been shot four times and still had a bullet lodged in his spinal cord.  Ten years later, when he and his wife, Crystal, decided to start a family, they needed medical assistance. But insurance […]

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

Legislative leaders and Gov. Jared Polis have rightly identified increasing competition and improving affordability as core priorities for the proposed public option health insurance program. Whether or not it will achieve these goals could hinge on an important question that has been drowned out in this largely ideological debate: should all health plans in the […]

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High-deductible plans jeopardize financial health of patients and rural hospitals in Colorado and beyond

By Markian Hawryluk, Kaiser Health News Kristie Flowers had been sick with the flu for four or five days in July before the 52-year-old registered nurse from Genoa, Colo., acknowledged she needed to go to the ER. At Lincoln Community Hospital, about 10 miles from her home on the Eastern Plains of Colorado, doctors quickly diagnosed […]