Obamacare http://aspenpublicradio.org en Health Insurance Deadline Nears; Enrollment Events Ramp Up http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/health-insurance-deadline-nears-enrollment-events-ramp <p></p><p>The deadline for most Coloradans to get health insurance in 2014 is less than two weeks away and, efforts to get people covered is ramping up. Connect for Health Colorado will hold events in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Rifle over the next two weeks.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials with the state-run health insurance exchange says 100,000 people have already purchased plans on their website and they expect a surge of interest as the deadline gets closer.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:49:55 +0000 Marci Krivonen 15695 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Health Insurance Deadline Nears; Enrollment Events Ramp Up Pitkin County Sees Spike in Medicaid Enrollees http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/pitkin-county-sees-spike-medicaid-enrollees <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Affordable Care Act is helping low income residents in the Roaring Fork Valley get health insurance. That’s according to officials who oversee programs for the poor. More people are signing up for Medicaid and others are purchasing insurance plans from the state exchange. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen&nbsp;reports.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:39:57 +0000 Marci Krivonen 14820 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Pitkin County Sees Spike in Medicaid Enrollees Mountain Edition - January 30th, 2014 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/mountain-edition-january-30th-2014 <p>With just eight days until the Olympics start in Sochi...the Aspen community sends off four local athletes who will compete.</p><p>Health care prices in the Valley have been rising for years. Now, a handful of local employers are trying to improve worker’s health--and bring down costs.</p><p>Basalt’s setting a path for its future...in a non-traditional way. It’s using a method called “crowd-sourcing” to gather input on urban planning.</p><p>A new group in Aspen wants to make it easier for young people to stay in Aspen. City council approved the Next Generation Advisory Commission this week.</p><p>And, as Colorado’s population grows, the state’s water supply can’t keep up. A Basalt organization is involved in a statewide water plan.</p><p>Terrain parks are ubiquitous at ski resorts around the country. Now, there’s an effort to make them safer.</p><p>Finally, Aspen’s Torin Yater-Wallace is heading to the Olympics. The freeskier is recovering from injuries...but, says he’s ready to compete.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Elise Thatcher & Marci Krivonen 13605 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Mountain Edition - January 30th, 2014 Mountain Edition - January 2nd, 2014 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/mountain-edition-january-2nd-2014 <p>Colorado made history this week when retail marijuana stores around the state opened for business. People traveled across the country to stand in line at several Denver-area businesses.</p><p>Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, retail pot shops will open later this year. In the meantime, law enforcement is getting ready.</p><p>Aspen resident and Nordic skier Simi Hamilton also made history-- but in a totally different field. He’s the first American male to win a World Cup stage race. The win gets him closer to the Olympics.</p><p>Paying for health insurance is really expensive in the Roaring Fork Valley compared to most other places in Colorado. Now, Governor Hickenlooper says he may get involved in lowering premiums.</p><p>Garfield County believes the state did a bad job setting up the prices for those premiums. But some experts say insurance officials didn’t break the rules. We’ll hear from one expert who’s asking why medical care is so high in the Valley and other resort communities.</p><p>Finally, sometimes the the road to Sochi is especially difficult. Ski racer Wiley Maple’s efforts were cut short after an old injury flared up.</p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 22:29:43 +0000 Marci Krivonen & Elise Thatcher 12396 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Mountain Edition - January 2nd, 2014 Explainer - Colorado Health Exchange http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/explainer-colorado-health-exchange <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>If you thought</strong> the debate over health care reform was complicated to follow the shopping experience for health insurance may be equally hard to understand.&nbsp; First of all the prices people will encounter vary. &nbsp;Aspen Public Radio&#39;s Roger Adams went shopping for policies on the Colorado Health Exchange - Connect For Health Colorado.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 23:25:13 +0000 Roger Adams 8587 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Explainer - Colorado Health Exchange