health care

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.

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.

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.

The New Health Care Reality

Nov 26, 2013

About three years ago, a relative of mine went to the emergency room at Aspen Valley Hospital with stroke-like symptoms.  He did not have health insurance because of a pre-existing condition and he did not have the ability to pay for emergency health care, but the hospital treated him nevertheless.  Following a battery of tests, he was discharged from the hospital with a hefty bill.  The hospital gave him three choices:  pay the bill immediately in a lump sum and get a 20% discount; pay the face amount of the bill in installments over a period of a year; or declare himself a charity case a

Explainer - Colorado Health Exchange

Oct 8, 2013

If you thought the debate over health care reform was complicated to follow the shopping experience for health insurance may be equally hard to understand.  First of all the prices people will encounter vary.  Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams went shopping for policies on the Colorado Health Exchange - Connect For Health Colorado.

Interactive: How Much Will "Obamacare" Cost You?

Sep 25, 2013

Would like to know how the Affordable Care Act aka "Obamacare" is going to affect your health care? Check out this calculator from NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation:

Hope on the Horizon: New Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

One out of three individuals may be affected by Alzheimer’s Disease by the age of 80. Leading research scientists have hope, however, that this most insidious illness might reverse itself.

Howard Fillit & Ezekiel Emanuel

What Does the CDC Do to Protect You?

Tom Frieden & Corby Kummer


Mountain Edition - June 20th, 2013

Jun 20, 2013

The pipeline leak in Parachute several months ago has been repaired but the resulting spill is continuing to cause worries. On Sunday, levels of the chemical benzene went up. We ask officials why.

Our science reporter tells us about some heart irregularities that appear to be unique to high level snow skiers.

The Roaring Fork Valley has among the highest number of residents without health insurance in Colorado. As the rollout of Obamacare begins they may… or may not… get insured.

Some black bears seem to be choosing food from town again this year. We’ll talk with an expert about bear behavior and if coming to town is passed down to cubs.

All that and a conversation with painter Don Nice

Flickr/Katy Warner

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.