Healthcare http://aspenpublicradio.org en Governor Open to Helping Bring Down Insurance Premiums http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/governor-open-helping-bring-down-insurance-premiums <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; Governor John </span>Hickenlooper<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he could get involved with bringing down health insurance prices. That could have a real impact for residents of the Roaring Fork Valley and other mountain towns. Garfield County asked the state's top official earlier this month to intervene with high premiums. The County believes Colorado officials did a sloppy job earlier this year when coming up with prices. But some experts say the state didn't make any mistakes.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:57:45 +0000 Elise Thatcher 12269 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Governor Open to Helping Bring Down Insurance Premiums Garfield County Asks Governor to Intervene on Insurance Rules http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/garfield-county-asks-governor-intervene-insurance-rules <p>Garfield County wants Governor John Hickenlooper to intervene with the state's new health insurance rules. The county has some of the highest premiums in Colorado under new guidelines, which are part of the Affordable Care Act. The state agency in charge of the new rules recently visited communities around the state to explain why premiums are so high. But Garfield County officials remain unconvinced.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 03:31:49 +0000 Elise Thatcher 11748 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Garfield County Asks Governor to Intervene on Insurance Rules What Does "Obamacare" Mean to Colorado's Native People? http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/what-does-obamacare-mean-colorados-native-people <p>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.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 22:34:18 +0000 Elise Thatcher 1622 at http://aspenpublicradio.org What Does "Obamacare" Mean to Colorado's Native People?