Health Care


Mon June 23, 2014

New Hepatitis C Drug's Cost A Steep Climb For Colorado

Screencap of the website for Sovaldi, a new drug to treat hepatitis C.
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Starting in June, Colorado’s Medicaid agency will cover a breakthrough hepatitis C drug on a case-by-case basis, while it decides who will qualify for the potentially life-saving drug, and who will not.

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Tue June 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The VA? Congress Weighs In

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:03 pm

Sen. John McCain discussed the Veterans Choice Act at a news conference on Tuesday, with fellow Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Veterans across the country are still waiting too long for medical care, a situation that drove the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki last week.

Now Republicans and Democrats in Congress are competing to pass laws they think will fix the problem of medical wait times and other problems at the VA. The discussion over how to reform veterans' health care is starting to sound familiar.

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Thu May 15, 2014

With Dwindling Mental Health Providers, ERs Fill The Gap

Rosser321 Flickr - Creative Commons

Growing demand for intensive mental-health treatment in the state and a decline in the supply of psychiatric beds have put added pressure on emergency rooms. In cases when patients pose a danger to themselves or others, ERs become the default holding place.

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Mon May 12, 2014
Mental Health

The High Cost Of Untreated Mental Illness

Medical staff in the emergency dept. confer at Denver Health, Nov. 2013. The department's director say the unit is seeing an unprecedented number of people landing in the emergency room with injuries or other health problems related to mental illness.
Joe Mahoney I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS

Untreated mental illness is a growing problem in Colorado – with one out of every four adults likely to experience some degree of mental illness in any given year. That has a high cost in Colorado, not only from a public health perspective but also from a financial standpoint.

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Mon May 12, 2014

Untreated Mental Health A Factor Behind Health Care 'Superutilizers'

Christina Jackson looks out the front door of her home in Aurora, Colo., April 16, 2014. Jackson says her grief and depression after the death of her sister preceded a flood of medical problems.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Call them frequent flyers. Or superutilizers. Or loyal customers.

In hospitals across the country, they’re known to doctors and nurses as the people who come back time and again for care.

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