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8:17am

Mon December 12, 2011
Health

Federal Budget Fights Cause Frustration At Hospitals

Dr. Amanda Schultz works with a patient in the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center’s Physician Services division in Alamosa, Colorado. The San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center is an integrated healthcare facility with the only full service hospita
San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center

The fighting in Washington over potential cuts to Medicare has created worry and uncertainty at hospitals throughout Colorado, particularly in rural areas.

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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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