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Mountain Family Health Centers celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. They will also be celebrating the opening of a new Basalt location. They want the community to know that they are accessible to anyone. 

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In Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties, more than 2,000 children are on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

This week, a local immigration rights activist took sanctuary in a Carbondale church. There’s a freeze on some land-use applications in the mid-valley, and a long-debated Aspen project is sneaking back into the picture. The doors are still closed at Justice Snow's, an Aspen restaurant, while city council discusses its fate. And Coloradans are expecting to pay much more for health care next year.

 

The Republican Obamacare-replacement, the American Health Care Act, is now in the Senate after passing the House in May. Recent reports suggest Senate Republicans are hard at work on a version of the bill they hope to put to a vote before the July recess.

Valley View hospital in Glenwood Springs is opening two labs to improve care in the Roaring Fork Valley. One of them has a robot arm.

For the nearly half million people in Colorado who buy health insurance on the individual market, prices are increasing drastically this next year. 

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Vice President Joe Biden spoke Saturday with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. They spoke about healthcare and how drug and medicinal research can be changed.

Mountain Family Health Centers

  One of the biggest health care providers for low income folks is having a busy spring. Mountain Family Health Centers has kicked off capital campaigns while also deciding between new locations for Basalt.

Elise Thatcher

A supervisor can have a bigger impact on a worker’s health than a primary care doctor. That’s according to the The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The federal office recently sent experts to Aspen to teach managers how to handle that power wisely.

Republicans in the Senate have defeated one of the Governor’s top priorities for the legislative session.

Insurance study headed for the governor’s desk

May 5, 2016
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  Health insurance is especially pricey in the Roaring Fork Valley. Now Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to approve a study looking at making the cost of insurance more equitable across the state.

Elise Thatcher

  Mountain Family joins four of the biggest employers in the Aspen area, which created the Valley Health Alliance to help workers get healthier and save money for employees and employers.

Aspen Valley Hospital picks interim CEO

Jan 25, 2016
Marci Krivonen

Aspen Valley Hospital has chosen Chief Financial Officer Terry Collins for the hospital’s new interim CEO.

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County is once again lobbying state leaders to improve health insurance options in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Elise Thatcher

  Eagle County Commissioners are getting together to talk about big issues, and they want to do that in the Roaring Fork Valley. Housing, climate change, and early childhood development are the first topics for what are being called “Community Conversations.”

Aspen Valley Hospital CEO resigns

Jan 18, 2016
Aspen Valley Hospital

The CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital resigned Monday after two years in the position. The hospital announced the resignation, saying Bonk wanted to spend more time with his family.

Elise Thatcher

  The Valley Health Alliance is reviewing new information showing the top three medical problems workers are dealing with. A recent report looks at health fair data from workers with the City of Aspen, Pitkin County, Aspen Valley Hospital, and the Aspen School District.

Elise Thatcher

  Residents in Eagle County are eligible for health care insurance with Kaiser Permanente next year, but that could mean traveling to the Front Range for some procedures. Eagle and Summit counties are in Kaiser’s network in 2016, which is the carrier’s first foray into the mountains.

Marci Krivonen

The Aspen Ambulance service is expanding its efforts beyond immediate medical care and a ride to the hospital. Next year paramedics will be trained to help people at home through a program called community paramedicine. Emergency officials say the home health service fills a need for patients who are most under-served. Marci Krivonen reports.

Aspen Ambulance director Gabe Muething steps into a large garage at the District’s headquarters.

Pitkin County sees drop in health care costs

Nov 23, 2015
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  Pitkin County has been spending millions of dollars on medical care for its workers. That’s dropped dramatically in recent years. Pitkin County is projected to spend more than $3.6 million in the 2015 calendar year, a significant drop from previous years.

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