Colorado Public News

Colorado Public News is created in partnership with Colorado Public Television 12,  Denver’s independent PBS station. It is led by editor Ann Imse. Others on the Colorado Public News team include:

  • Cara DeGette, managing editor
  • Noelle Leavitt, recruiting and social media director
  • Sonya Doctorian, video journalist
  • Drew Jaynes, webmaster and photographer
  • Journalists Bill Scanlon, Dennis Huspeni, Jody Berger, Sara Burnett, Jerd Smith, Michele Conklin, Andy Piper, Lauren Rickel, Raj Sharan, Amanda Turner
  • Robert D. Tonsing, publication designer and entrepreneur

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3:45pm

Tue November 15, 2011
Health

Colorado’s Uninsured Jumps By 22%

Statewide, 13% of Coloradans are underinsured, spending more on out-of-pocket health costs than they can afford.
Colorado Health Access Survey

The number of Coloradans without health insurance has risen by 22 percent in the last two years, with 829,000 residents now uninsured, according to a survey released Tuesday.

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5:24am

Mon November 14, 2011
Health

Medicare, Insurers Push Patients To Overpay For Home Medical Equipment

Edna Fiore lives with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and relies on an oxygen concentrator.
Cara DeGette Colorado Public News

Medicare routinely advises seniors to rent home medical equipment when it would be far less expensive if they bought it. Medicare, the government health program for seniors, isn’t alone in this practice. Some private insurers do the same thing.

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1:41pm

Wed November 2, 2011
Health

‘Consumer-friendly’ Insurance Website Difficult To Maneuver

A new website that is being touted as a consumer-friendly tool to navigate the complexities of health insurance rates is difficult to maneuver and understand.
Colorado Division of Insurance

Would you like to know why health insurance rates have jumped so much in Colorado? Good luck.

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6:05am

Mon October 17, 2011
Health

Medicare Deadlines Pushed Forward This Year

For 630,000 Coloradans enrolled in Medicare, it's time to make decisions. The period for open enrollment has been moved up this year.

Instead of the usual deadline of Dec. 31, the enrollment period begins Oct. 15 and will close Dec. 7. The change was designed to avoid deadlines coinciding with the end-of-year holiday season.

Medicare officials are scrambling to spread the word about the new deadline.  "We worry about inertia," says Colorado Medicare spokesman Mike Fierberg.

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7:40am

Mon October 10, 2011
Health

Military Lags on Promising Treatment for Brain-injured Soldiers

Army veteran Margaux Vair, with her husband, Brian Vair, in background.
Robert D. Tonsing Colorado Public News

Two years after assuring Congress it would immediately begin researching a promising treatment for soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, the military is just getting started.

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