Private health care

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

The Durango way: Work lots, still come up short

It's a predicament many Durangoans know well: multiple jobs but still not enough money to pay all the bills. Earnings too high for assistance but too low to really make it.It's hanging onto the...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

When leaving is the only choice

As a single mother with a 3-year-old boy, Diana Williams faces tough decisions every day.Like what to cut when the grocery bill is the only thing left.“I could maybe get by eating ramen noodles and...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

The new face of poverty? It's your neighbor's

Poverty isn't new in La Plata County, but today it has new faces.They are the faces of people with homes, cars and histories of self-sufficiency. Many of them aren't making it here anymore.“There...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

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