Private health care

ColoradoCare taxes would extend beyond payroll levies

A state ballot measure that would create universal health care, dubbed ColoradoCare , has been likened to Medicare because it would be funded by a payroll tax. But other kinds of income also would...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former hospital CEO examines health care policies

A state ballot question to create universal health care in Colorado challenges ideologies that have hindered many nationwide attempts at health care reform. “ColoradoCare has a difficult road to...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Doctor’s suspension has substance-abuse patients struggling

One medical facility is already feeling the fallout from the suspension, announced Tuesday, of a Durango doctor’s medical license. Southern Rockies Addiction Treatment Services fielded multiple...

DATE: July 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

State Sen. Irene Aguilar makes case for ColoradoCare

After Sherry Plowman, a Bayfield nurse, had a heart attack, she was billed more than $100 for a $1 bag of saline. “Current health insurance is comprised of outrageous artificial pricing,” she said....

DATE: June 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Spikes in health insurance rates hit home

WASHINGTON – Millions of people who pay the full cost of their health insurance will face the sting of rising premiums next year, with no financial help from government subsidies. Renewal notices...

DATE: June 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

La Plata County sees significant health enrollment gains

DENVER – La Plata and other rural counties in Colorado saw increases in health insurance enrollment during the open enrollment period that ended on Jan. 31. La Plata County had a 30 percent spike...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health care costs spike on Western Slope

DENVER – Health coverage saw gains in Colorado during the first two weeks of open enrollment, while the state still faces difficult cost challenges. During the enrollment period, which began on...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single-payer backers go for ballot measure in Colorado

DENVER – Proponents of a single-payer health-care ballot initiative in Colorado are preparing to submit signatures on Friday. ColoradoCare backers say they have more than the necessary 98,492...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado’s HealthOP sues

DENVER – Officials with Colorado’s health-insurance cooperative filed a lawsuit Monday against state regulators in an effort to continue providing coverage to nearly 83,000 members. The lawsuit...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal funding formulas blamed for health-insurance troubles

DENVER – Health insurance cooperatives and federal officials are at odds over what’s to blame for the possibility of thousands of people having to scramble to find new coverage in 2015. The...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Funding shortfall could sink health insurance co-op

DENVER – A dire funding announcement last week could leave thousands of consumers using Colorado’s federally-backed health insurance nonprofit cooperative scrambling. The Centers for Medicare and...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy CEO shares with us his insights into health care

When Tom Gessel, president and CEO of Mercy Regional Medical Center, visited the Rotary Club of Durango on Tuesday, he found no shortage of questions on everything from palliative care to...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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