Health Care Reform http://aspenpublicradio.org en 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 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 Expert: Why Are Healthcare Prices So High in the "Resort" Area? http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/expert-why-are-healthcare-prices-so-high-resort-area <p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:12:27 +0000 Elise Thatcher 12270 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Expert: Why Are Healthcare Prices So High in the "Resort" Area? 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