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Sheriffs who denounced Colorado’s red flag law are now using it

By Markian Hawryluk, KHN Dolores County Sheriff Don Wilson never expected to use Colorado’s red flag law when it was passed in 2019. He thought the law made it too easy to take a person’s guns away. The statute allows law enforcement officers or private citizens to petition a county court to confiscate firearms temporarily from […]

Posted inCOVID, Equity, Health, News

Schools, pediatricians look to make up lost ground on non-COVID vaccinations

By Kate Ruder, KHN WESTMINSTER — Melissa Blatzer was determined to get her three children caught up on their routine immunizations on a recent Saturday morning at a walk-in clinic in this Denver suburb. It had been about a year since the kids’ last shots, a delay Blatzer chalked up to the pandemic. Two-year-old Lincoln Blatzer, […]

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Two new medical schools are opening in Montana. But does the western U.S. really need them?

By Andrea Halland, Kaiser Health News Opening two new medical schools in Montana would stretch and possibly overwhelm the state’s physicians who provide the clinical training that students need to become doctors, according to leaders of a University of Washington medical school program that relies on those teaching physicians. The University of Washington School of Medicine’s […]

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As demand for mental health care spikes in the West, budget ax is set to strike

By Matt Volz, Kaiser Health News HELENA, Mont. — When the pandemic hit, health officials in Montana’s Beaverhead County had barely begun to fill a hole left by the 2017 closure of the local public assistance office, mental health clinic, chemical dependency center and job placement office after the state’s last budget shortfall. Now, those […]