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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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Coronavirus complicated efforts to lower Colorado’s health care prices. But one idea is still moving forward.

Back in February — six months and untold mental eons ago — the biggest issue in health care in Colorado was lowering its price. Hospitals were raking in record profits, state lawmakers were champing at the bit to do something about it and ambitious plans to rewrite chunks of the health care playbook dominated the […]

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Colorado’s coronavirus budget crunch is putting Democratic accomplishments at risk

Anna Layden makes $57,000 a year as an educator in Durango and owes the same amount in student debt after putting herself through college and graduate school. To pay it down, she applied for a $5,000 loan repayment through a new initiative for Colorado teachers. Deana Cairo wanted to see her 19-year-old son with developmental […]

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Polis wants communities to negotiate directly with hospitals. But, in Durango, a major hospital system just said no.

There was a time, decades ago, when Peter Schertz and his wife offered health insurance to employees at their small bookstore on Main Street in Durango. But that was before hospital prices skyrocketed and insurance premiums rose along with them, to more than $1,000 a month for many families in southwestern Colorado. Now, Schertz said, […]

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Colorado health insurance rates are set to fall dramatically next year — for some. Here’s what that means for you.

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday stood proudly in the Capitol’s west foyer next to an easel shrouded in a black sheet and announced something no Colorado governor has since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. “It’s the first time in the history of the health exchange that rates are going down!” he declared. And, […]

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As Polis touts price drops from Summit County health insurance alliance, hospitals are skeptical it can work statewide

This story was updated at 12:37 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2019. See the shaded box below for the update. Gov. Jared Polis, standing before a crowd in Keystone, unveiled an eye-popping number on Monday. $14,000. That is how much he said a family of four in Summit County will be able to save on their […]