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Health
5:53 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Physicians Juggling Patient Loads as the Medicare Pool Expands

David Ressler is the outgoing CEO at Aspen Valley Hospital. He says most doctors in Aspen take Medicare patients, but in the future, that may not be the case.
Credit Aspen Valley Hospital

 

 A recent Aspen City Council meeting shed light on a national problem regarding health care for seniors. Earlier this month, over a discussion on the expansion to Aspen Valley Hospital, Mayor Mick Ireland raised the issue of Medicare. He wondered if private physicians renting space in the newly renovated Hospital would be required to care for Medicare patients.

 

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Guns
9:01 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Health Officials Ponder how to Reduce Suicide-Gun Deaths

Activists lined the steps at the Colorado Capitol with shoes in April to symbolize the more than 500 people killed each year in Colorado with guns, the majority of them in suicides.
Credit Rose Richards/Colorado Public News

 

The number of people who commit suicide with a gun in Colorado is four times higher than the number of gun-related homicides. Public health professionals and gun manufacturers are considering measures to reduce the number of suicides -- including “smart guns” that can only be fired by the owner. Colorado Public Radio’s Rabah Kamal has more.

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Colorado Health Care
5:37 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Colorado Rolls Out Obamacare

President Obama
Credit Roger Adams

This story has been updated at 3:00 PM 5/22/13: scroll down to the end for the latest information.

Later today (Wednesday 5/22/13) the Colorado Division of Insurance will release the list of health insurance companies that want to be part of Colorado’s health exchange.  So far 19 companies have applied to be included.  The exchange is mandated by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, that was signed into law three years ago.  The act requires that everyone have health insurance starting January first of next year.  The health insurance law survived a Supreme Court challenge and Republican efforts to repeal it. Now, it’s coming into force. Over the next several months we will be reporting on how the new law will affect you. We begin with an explanation of the health care exchange.  Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams reports.

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Native Health & Obamacare
4:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

What Does "Obamacare" Mean to Colorado's Native People?

Ernest House, Jr.
Credit Jesse Lujan

Colorado is one of nearly twenty states putting together a kind of cooperative health care purchasing program. It’s called an exchange, and it’s starting under the recent health care overhaul often called "Obamacare". Enrollment starts in October and it could mean big changes for Native Americans in Colorado. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher recently spoke with Ernest House Junior. He’s Executive Director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. House started by explaining what health care options Native Americans have now.

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Immigration Reform
9:55 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Colorado Republican Official: Immigration Reform Essential

Republican Colorado Attorney General John Suthers attends immigration forum held by the Aspen Institute on Monday, May 13th. From L-R; Moderator Steve Wickes, Sarah Hughes, Nan Stockholm Walden, Warren Klug, John Suthers
Credit Roger Adams / Aspen Public Radio

The nation’s immigration system is seriously broken and in need of a comprehensive overhaul.  That was the message from a forum on immigration held in Aspen yesterday.  Supporters of a comprehensive immigration bill now before the US Senate outlined how they believe the measure will solve many current immigration problems. Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams was there and filed this report.

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