Affordable Care Act

Health Care
9:43 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Even with Federal Health Care Reform, Some Patients Struggle to Find Access to Care

The problem of access to care for patients with government health plans like Medicaid will likely continue under federal health reform.
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The Affordable Care Act continues to roll out with the opening of something called a marketplace next week. That’s where people can shop for health insurance. Health care reform also expands Medicaid - the government-subsidized health plan for low-income people. Currently, many doctors in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond don’t accept Medicaid patients because the plan gives providers a dismal reimbursement. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, some doctors say the issue highlights a fundamental problem with the health care system.

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12:27 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Uninsured in Colorado's Wealthiest Areas: What will Change Under Federal Health Care Reform

Michael Hawes is a retired musician who gets his insurance from a special state plan for seniors. He's thankful for it after suffering a heart attack two years ago.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The bulk of federal health care reform is starting to roll out and big changes could be in store for Colorado’s rural areas. Many of these regions, including the Roaring Fork Valley, are full of people who are uninsured. A quarter of residents living in the mountain counties of Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield, Grand and Summit don’t have health insurance. With the Affordable Care Act, this group will be required to have insurance, or pay a penalty. But, it’s likely not everyone will apply. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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2:19 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Got a Question on Health Care Reform? Ask a "Navigator"

A tri-county region that includes the Roaring Fork Valley received a grant that will help guide people through federal health care reform.
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The bulk of the federal Affordable Care Act takes effect next year and local governments are preparing. The tri-county region that includes the Roaring Fork Valley picked up a grant that will help people navigate the new health care options. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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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.
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 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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