Position: Colorado Public News

Medical equipment prices in Denver, Colorado Springs to drop

Beginning July 1, Colorado patients will start saving hundreds and even thousands of dollars on medical equipment because, after a 10-year delay, Medicare is switching to competitive bidding in the...

DATE: June 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Health

Heavy drinking blurs Colo. health

High alcohol consumption is dragging down health in many Colorado counties, from Denver to the mountains, according to the annual County Health Rankings produced by the nation’s largest...

DATE: April 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmaker pushes for universal health care

State Sen. Irene Aguilar wants Coloradans to imagine a day when 80 percent of them see their health-care costs drop. She says the wildly different health-care system she envisions can make that...

DATE: March 30, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colo. corrections director called a ‘breath of fresh air’

Tom Clements, who was shot and killed when he answered his door in Monument on Tuesday night, was a rare prison chief who removed hundreds of inmates from long-term solitary confinement. He began...

DATE: March 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colo. prison population declines sharply

Colorado’s prison population is diminishing so quickly that the state in the coming 18 months could close two to 10 prisons, depending on which facilities are chosen for closure.“It looks like the...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal funds for Medicaid could add 12,000 Colorado jobs

A proposal to expand Medicaid to cover 160,000 more Coloradans will add about 12,000 jobs statewide, according to a rough estimate by economic development leader Tom Clark.In coming months, the...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy gets top grade for safety

The number of Colorado hospitals receiving an “A” grade for patient safety nearly doubled in the last six months, from seven to 13.The Washington-based Leapfrog Group sets the grades nationwide and...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

One million could sign up for health exchange

Colorado’s health exchange – due to come online in October 2013 – is expecting 960,000 customers within three years of startup.The health-exchange bill was passed by the legislature and signed into...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health insurance choice may make you healthier

Coloradans now can add another consideration to choosing health-insurance plans besides cost alone: Which one will do a better job of keeping you healthy?Ratings now are available that will let...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health-care mandate will move forward

The election results put an end to the threat of a Republican repeal of the health-care law but not to the public’s emotional response to it.Fueled by contradictory campaign claims, the public’s...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonemergencies in Colo. an urgent problem

A survey of 10,000 Coloradans has found that 44 percent of visits to the emergency room are for ailments that could be treated by a regular doctor.Reducing this figure could cut costs significantly...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Pot arrests up despite medical cards

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation reports that 10,259 people were arrested in the state for possession of marijuana last year, despite the fact that 100,000 people now have the legal right to...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News