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Health alliance, community members demonstrate outside Mercy

Durango-area residents demonstrated outside the front doors of Mercy Regional Medical Center on Tuesday as the CEO of Centura Health, Mercy’s parent company, met with hospital executives,...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy’s parent company backs out of health alliance negotiations, cooperative says

Centura Health, operator of Mercy Regional Medical Center, has dropped out of negotiations with Southwest Health Alliance to develop an insurance plan to lower health care costs in the region,...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango fertility doctor confronts his own death, head-on

Editor’s note: This story first appeared Saturday morning, Feb. 22, in print editions of The Durango Herald . Dr. Joe Gambone died Friday night at Friendship Village Hospice of the Valley in...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will rural residents reap benefits from reinsurance plan?

DENVER – Colorado’s reinsurance plan, passed by lawmakers in the final days of the legislative session, promises to reduce individual insurance premiums on the Western Slope by 30%, bringing relief...

DATE: May 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local solutions to health care could provide financial relief

Rising healthcare costs have become a hot topic of discussion, particularly as insurance premiums and other medical expenses continue to soar. In fact, health care seems to come up as a discussion...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Doctors tout direct primary care

With the penalty for dropping health insurance or a noncompliant Affordable Care Act policy set at $0, alternatives are expanding and, in some ways, Durango is ahead of the curve. Direct primary...

DATE: March 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Memorial lists prices for medical services

Southwest Memorial Hospital has been posting prices for customary medical services on its website since July, said Bridgett Jabour, executive assistant for Southwest Health Systems. In 2019,...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman with prosthetic limb to climb volcano in Ecuador

Almost four years after making the decision to amputate her lower leg, Durangoan Bee Mathis is planning to climb one of the world’s tallest active volcanoes. She was selected to climb Cotopaxi, a...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Enrollment in Colorado health exchange increased this year

Enrollment in the state health exchange is strong regionally and statewide, despite federal efforts in 2017 to roll back the Affordable Care Act, including the recent elimination of a tax penalty...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango rally calls for guaranteed health care

About 100 people gathered around in Buckley Park on Tuesday to mark the fifth anniversary of a United Nations resolution calling for countries to provide guaranteed access to health care for all...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health law sign-ups start, and some see a ‘hostile takeover’

WASHINGTON – It’s sign-up season for the Affordable Care Act, but the Trump administration isn’t making it easy – cutting the enrollment period in half, slashing advertising and dialing back on...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

New medical assistant apprenticeship comes to Montezuma County

The Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center has begun offering a new path for area students to become registered medical assistants. On July 20, the group announced that a medical...

DATE: July 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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