Health Care

Idaho and Utah voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid at the ballot this November. Those voters might want to look at a report out this week that assessed how the expansion of the federal health care program played out. 

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Gov. John Hickenlooper wants the federal government to withdraw a proposed rule that restricts conversations health care professionals can have with their patients.

On July 30 Hickenlooper sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking that it remove the "Compliance With Statutory Program Integrity Requirements" rule.

The Trump administration announced a plan Friday that would affect about 40 percent of the payments physicians receive from Medicare. Not everybody's pleased.

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Take heart folks, the same way Apple changed the music scene and Amazon changed the way people shop, some brilliant innovation could be one of the ways America helps solves its health care crisis.

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One idea to battle the ongoing opioid epidemic, some health officials say, is to create supervised facilities for people who inject drugs like heroin. The idea is to meet users where they are to treat them. But such a facility will not be coming to Colorado following a 3-2 vote at the state Capitol Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2018) along party lines. Republicans in the Senate's State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee rejected Senate Bill 40.

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Charge nurse Kory Scheideman stood at a computer in an emergency room at UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. He typed in his password, hit enter and Pyxis, the automated machine that dispenses medication, opened. He pulled out a dose of lidocaine.

“We use it for numbing people,” he said. “We also now use it for kidney stones.”

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We’ve all said it -- sometimes joking, sometimes serious.

“There’s an app for that.”

For Coloradans seeking seeking birth control, that’s now a true statement. The Nurx app allows people to bypass traditional methods of accessing birth control -- and offers home delivery. 

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The opioid epidemic is affecting more and more Coloradoans every year, including the youngest members of our communities: babies.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said the number of Colorado newborns born addicted to opioids jumped 83 percent from 2010 to 2015. The rate climbed from two births out of 1,000 to 3.6 births in during that five-year period.

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More than 75,000 children and pregnant women could lose their health care early next year. 

In late November, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing sent informational letters to Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) members advising them to start researching private health insurance options. Federal funding, which pays for 88 percent of the program, ended on September 30, 2017. Colorado only has sufficient funds to continue operations through January 31, 2018.

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In 2018, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers plan to submit several bills to combat Colorado’s growing opioid addiction crisis. Hundreds of people in the state have died, and the bills aim to reverse that trend, coving a range of solutions from prevention to intervention to treatment.

The state legislative session starts up in January. Ahead of that, we look at the main aims of six bills.