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Due to COVID-19, Colorado has extended the emergency enrollment period for health insurance until the end of month. Thursday is the last day for residents who are currently uninsured to enroll in health insurance. 

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Colorado state senator Kerry Donovan and representatives Julie McCluskie and Dylan Roberts held a town hall in Basalt on Saturday. The three Democrats, who represent the Roaring Fork Valley, started the meeting by discussing health care.

Episode Four - Diversity and Inclusion

May 16, 2019

Today, we look at diversity and inclusion as it pertains to healthcare, and the emerging practice of patient-centered care. How can we even the playing field between doctor and patient? How do we give patients access to their own information and create a health arena that is going to understand and respect who they are and what their background is?

We turn to the research and insights of the speakers of the Aspen Ideas Health conference for the answers. Aspen Ideas Health runs from June 20  - June 23, and is produced by the Aspen Institute.

Episode Three - Access

May 15, 2019

  Today we look at Health, wealth, and the ethics and values of medicine. How can we ensure everyone has access to care, even if they can’t afford it? And how can we improve healthcare, or continue researching medicine, if it isn't profitable? When is it right to raise prices on drugs? What are we saying we value when we make policy decisions about health, and healthcare? And even if we perfect the system, what does it matter if the majority of the population has no way to access physicians, medicine, or even fresh produce and clean drinking water.


Despite repeated attempts, Congress has not repealed the Affordable Care Act, although the Trump Administration has chipped away at some of its provisions. The requirement that all insurance plans offer “ten essential benefits” has been softened and the individual mandate to carry a minimum level of coverage has been repealed.

Mountain Family Health Centers celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. They will also be celebrating the opening of a new Basalt location. They want the community to know that they are accessible to anyone. 

Ross Brooks is the CEO and patient of Mountain Family Health Centers. They have 170 people on staff serving the 19,000 patients in our community. Their non-profit gets base grant funding from the government as well as federal support. 

Ross Brooks is the CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers and he explains how their non-profit exists to make sure people have access to affordable, integrated, primary care. They serve over 19,000 people in our community. 

The Reporter Two-Way: CHIP funding

Dec 20, 2017
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In Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties, more than 2,000 children are on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

This week, a local immigration rights activist took sanctuary in a Carbondale church. There’s a freeze on some land-use applications in the mid-valley, and a long-debated Aspen project is sneaking back into the picture. The doors are still closed at Justice Snow's, an Aspen restaurant, while city council discusses its fate. And Coloradans are expecting to pay much more for health care next year.

 

Western Slope premiums may rise again

Oct 13, 2017
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 The Roaring Fork Valley’s health insurance costs are already the highest in the state. Those numbers could rise again due to a presidential order signed yesterday.

The Reporter Two-Way: What comes after Graham-Cassidy?

Sep 28, 2017
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This week, senate Republicans once again tried to end the Affordable Care Act. The replacement plan, named after authors Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, needed 51 votes in order to pass. By Tuesday, it was clear there wasn’t enough support and so the vote did not happen.

Hickenooper, Kasich unveil bipartisan health care plan

Sep 5, 2017
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Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled a bipartisan plan today aimed at stabilizing the individual health insurance market. He and Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio spearheaded the effort.

The Republican Obamacare-replacement, the American Health Care Act, is now in the Senate after passing the House in May. Recent reports suggest Senate Republicans are hard at work on a version of the bill they hope to put to a vote before the July recess.

Proposal for health care relief fails

Apr 26, 2017

A bipartisan measure to give people in rural Colorado financial help to cover high health insurance costs failed in a state Senate committee this week.

Robotics lab opens in Glenwood Springs

Nov 11, 2016

Valley View hospital in Glenwood Springs is opening two labs to improve care in the Roaring Fork Valley. One of them has a robot arm.

Health insurance premiums increase dramatically

Sep 21, 2016

For the nearly half million people in Colorado who buy health insurance on the individual market, prices are increasing drastically this next year. 

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Vice President Joe Biden spoke Saturday with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. They spoke about healthcare and how drug and medicinal research can be changed.

Mountain Family Health Centers

  One of the biggest health care providers for low income folks is having a busy spring. Mountain Family Health Centers has kicked off capital campaigns while also deciding between new locations for Basalt.

Elise Thatcher

A supervisor can have a bigger impact on a worker’s health than a primary care doctor. That’s according to the The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The federal office recently sent experts to Aspen to teach managers how to handle that power wisely.

Hospital Provider Fee Fails

May 11, 2016

Republicans in the Senate have defeated one of the Governor’s top priorities for the legislative session.

Insurance study headed for the governor’s desk

May 5, 2016
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  Health insurance is especially pricey in the Roaring Fork Valley. Now Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to approve a study looking at making the cost of insurance more equitable across the state.

Elise Thatcher

  Mountain Family joins four of the biggest employers in the Aspen area, which created the Valley Health Alliance to help workers get healthier and save money for employees and employers.

Health insurance premiums can vary widely in Colorado depending on where you live — it's just one of the factors health insurance companies use to calculate prices. Mountain regions continue to have some of the highest premiums in the country. At the statehouse, House Bill 16-1336 [.pdf] would look at treating the entire state as one region, rather than continuing to group regions separately.

"Our current insurance payment of $1,508 a month is equivalent to our mortgage payment. We can't afford it," said Richard Backe, a Garfield County small-business owner. "There are numerous people in the mountain district with the same story. We are the healthiest counties in the state, and we have the highest insurance rates."

Aspen Valley Hospital picks interim CEO

Jan 25, 2016
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Aspen Valley Hospital has chosen Chief Financial Officer Terry Collins for the hospital’s new interim CEO.

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County is once again lobbying state leaders to improve health insurance options in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Elise Thatcher

  Eagle County Commissioners are getting together to talk about big issues, and they want to do that in the Roaring Fork Valley. Housing, climate change, and early childhood development are the first topics for what are being called “Community Conversations.”

Aspen Valley Hospital CEO resigns

Jan 18, 2016
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The CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital resigned Monday after two years in the position. The hospital announced the resignation, saying Bonk wanted to spend more time with his family.

Elise Thatcher

  The Valley Health Alliance is reviewing new information showing the top three medical problems workers are dealing with. A recent report looks at health fair data from workers with the City of Aspen, Pitkin County, Aspen Valley Hospital, and the Aspen School District.

Elise Thatcher

  Residents in Eagle County are eligible for health care insurance with Kaiser Permanente next year, but that could mean traveling to the Front Range for some procedures. Eagle and Summit counties are in Kaiser’s network in 2016, which is the carrier’s first foray into the mountains.

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