Private health care

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

Mercy Regional Medical Center posts prices online

Mercy Regional Medical Center and all other hospitals across the nation were required to start posting prices for services online this month by a federal rule intended to improve transparency in...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health education center executive director resigns

After establishing a medical apprenticeship program and a health careers camp in the region, Kathleen McInnis, executive director of the Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center, is...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Many Connect for Health Colorado customers can expect lower costs

Residents who purchase health insurance through the state health exchange could get a good deal this year, despite increases in premiums. Premiums through Connect for Health Colorado will...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Retina opens research center to conduct clinical trials

A new research center focused on ocular conditions in Durango will offer hope to patients suffering from otherwise incurable disorders. Southwest Retina Consultants added 800 square feet to its...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Trauma changed course of teen’s life

Rachel “Rage” Domingos struggled with trauma, mental illness, addiction and bullying before she died by suicide in 2015. She was 23. Her mom, Ginger Domingos, now sees a clear link between her...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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