Affordable Care Act

APR Local News
11:39 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Pitkin County Sees Spike in Medicaid Enrollees

During the last part of 2013 Pitkin County saw a jump in the number of people enrolling in Medicaid. They're also tracking how many people are purchasing insurance on the state exchange. They say many of those are likely low income.
Credit Creative Commons/Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller/U.S. Army

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 reports.

In Pitkin County, the number of Medicaid patients jumped 20 percent since October. So, 90 more people are seeking care from doctors who will take them.

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Aspen Valley Hospital Welcomes New CEO

Dan Bonk is the new CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital. He started work January 2nd after moving from Wisconsin, where he served as a health administrator.
Credit Aspen Valley Hospital

Aspen Valley Hospital welcomed a new CEO last week. Dan Bonk started work at the small, non profit hospital on January 2nd. Before arriving in Aspen, Bonk was an executive at Wisconsin’s largest health care system, Aurora Health Care. The 30-year health care veteran talked to Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen about moving the hospital’s expansion forward and dealing with controversy.

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APR Local News
11:57 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Governor Open to Helping Bring Down Insurance Premiums

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
Credit Office of Governor John Hickenlooper

    Governor John Hickenlooper 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.

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APR Local News
8:31 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Garfield County Asks Governor to Intervene on Insurance Rules

Amy Barr, Executive Director of United Way for Garfield and Pitkin Counties.
Elise Thatcher

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.

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Mountain Edition
3:49 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Mountain Edition - October 3rd, 2013

It’s been a big news week and one story with big impacts locally is the federal government shutdown. We take a look at what it means for the Roaring Fork Valley.

Obamacare hit the internet on Tuesday, turns out, health care plans coordinated by Colorado are way more expensive in mountain towns.

After massive floods walloped oil and gas operations, we hear ideas about making sure oil and gas operations are better protected down the road.

Local officials had to decide by Tuesday whether to take steps to allow retail marijuana in the Roaring Fork Valley. Many have decided to delay their verdict.

We get an update from one of the ten Aspen-area athletes hoping to compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.

And finally, tamales are a humble Latin American dish with deep, historical roots. They’re the main fare at an upcoming Roaring Fork Valley event.

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