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‘The gift of coverage’

DENVER – Colorado health insurance leaders are suggesting that rather than purchase material items this Cyber Monday, instead give the gift of coverage. “We know the peace of mind that comes with...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mural adorns wall at DHS to recognize health center

The mural that members of the National Arts Honor Society at Durango High School created on a campus wall this week calls attention to a surprisingly little known service – the school-based health...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Facing health-law hikes

WASHINGTON – Consumers across most of America will see their health premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama’s health-care law. But it will take time for families to...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Local baby has heart transplant

Durango baby Liam Maddox was 5 months old when he was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes weakened and enlarged and is unable to pump blood. As a result,...

DATE: July 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rapid recovery

Bryan Lott was interviewing for a job in Durango when he visited 4Corners Riversports for a paddleboard part. There, he met co-owner Tony Miely, and the conversation turned to prosthetics. It might...

DATE: July 5, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Cortez hospital may take on less debt

As more people in Montezuma County sign up for insurance under the new federal health-care law, Southwest Memorial Hospital may take on far less bad debt. Southwest Health System said patients were...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Canceled health-insurance count tops 200K

DENVER – More than 200,000 Coloradans are losing their health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, the state Division of Insurance reported Thursday. The count comes from people losing...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Health summit tackles reform

Health-care reform and how it may affect La Plata County dominated the agenda of the fourth annual summit meeting Friday of health practitioners. An estimated 120 people attended the half-day...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Brokers to play role in health care

As Colorado nears the starting date of its health-care exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, the state is bracing itself for a deluge of new customers. With 150,000 Coloradans expected sign up for...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: Business

La Plata County kids are hanging in there

Children in La Plata County are faring better than the state average by some measures, and worse by others, according to the Colorado Children’s Campaign, a nonpartisan advocacy group.Every year,...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Solutions hinge on involvement

Even before the recession began hammering family finances, researchers say, many of Colorado's working families were falling fast into poverty. The economic downturn continues to compound the...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single mom overcomes poverty to earn degree

Nicole Pearson came to town six years ago ready to take on the world. Or at least a degree from Fort Lewis College.If only it had worked out so simply.She met someone. Then came two children....

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

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