Private health care

Finalized public health insurance option promises savings; methods murky

The state’s finalized proposal for a new public health insurance option expected to lower insurance costs was released last week but leaves some questions unanswered about how it will function. The...

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

La Plata County sees fewer deaths by suicide

The number of deaths by suicide in La Plata County has fallen in recent years, giving hope that preventive efforts are working. This year, eight residents have died by suicide in La Plata County,...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Health Alliance to see startup savings through new partnership

A cooperative forming to reduce health insurance costs in Southwest Colorado – Southwest Health Alliance – is teaming up with similar groups to drive down startup costs. The cooperative model was...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Summit County cooperative agrees to help Southwest Colorado group lower insurance costs

A Summit County cooperative that successfully negotiated lower health care insurance costs for workers and employers is going to help a similar group do the same for Southwest Colorado. The...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Medicaid expanding to cover inpatient, residential addiction treatment

An expected Medicaid expansion next year will allow more low-income Southwest Colorado residents struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to seek more intensive treatment. Local addiction...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is banding together the answer to lowering health costs?

Ballooning health care prices in Southwest Colorado have outpaced other areas of the state for years. Now, an effort led by Local First is working to bring down health insurance costs across La...

DATE: June 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man fights high prescription drug costs ... and wins

Durango resident Robert Harlan had back surgery in 2014 at Mercy Regional Medical Center. He has Medicare and supplemental insurance, so he didn’t expect to owe anything on the medical procedure,...

DATE: May 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy hospital’s parent organization part of mega merger

Mercy Regional Medical Center is now part of the nation’s largest nonprofit health system by revenue. The hospital is one of 142 in the new nonprofit Catholic health system formed by the recent...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ever have an unexpectedly costly medical bill? State lawmakers want to prevent that

Lawmakers are introducing a bipartisan measure to protect patients from surprise medical bills. They propose new legislation that would end the practice of what’s called “balance billing,” which...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Rural residents may soon be able to visit pharmacy of their choice

When the 416 Fire shut down U.S. Highway 550 last summer and nearly marooned the tiny town of Silverton, registered nurse Lois MacKenzie traveled 60 miles to Montrose to get prescriptions for her...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health exchange sees healthy interest, but residents call for reform

Southwest Colorado residents and state lawmakers want to see health insurance reform, even as an increased number of Coloradans signed up this year for the state health care exchange. In western...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man protests emergency room bills from Mercy Regional Medical Center

Jeffery Stephens was in excruciating pain when he went to the emergency room at Mercy Regional Medical Center in May to have a speck of what may have been metal taken out of his eye. Now, he...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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