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.
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.
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.
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.