Healthcare

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Representative Perry Will is running as the Republican incumbent for Colorado House District 57 this election. He spoke to KDNK's Lucas Turner about healthcare, economic development, energy, water issues and more. 

Amy Hadden Marsh

Family Nurse Practitioner Lisa Robbiano and Registered Nurse Maria McHale of Midvalley Family Practice speak with KDNK's Lucas Turner about the growing number of people without health insurance who need COVID testing. They also share insights about mass community testing in partnership with MIRA Bus, explain some of the key differences between COVID-19 and the flu, and emphasize the importance of maintaing social distancing, and wearing a mask.

Beatriz Soto

A public letter penned to Garfield County Commissioners asks that county resources be made more inclusive during times of crisis and otherwise. Beatriz Soto, founding board member of Voces Unidas de las Montañas, explains the new organization's purpose and their requests of local government.

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DENVER -- New research from the Economic Policy Institute shows that switching to a single-payer health system would boost the overall economy, make it easier for workers to switch jobs or start businesses, and create a net surplus of new jobs.

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After months of negotiations, the Post Independent reports that Centura Health, Colorado’s largest healthcare provider is backing out of the Southwest Health Alliance, an offshoot of Summit County-based Peak Health Alliance, which Garfield County is expected to join.

 


  This Thursday Garfield County hosts presentations by Summit County-based Peak Health Alliance. The non-profit health cooperative will provide information on the Peak Health program and its potential to lower health insurance premiums in Garfield County, which are some of the most expensive in the United States. Peak Health Alliance CEO Tamara Pogue explains how the program uses data to negotiate lower prices.

Some people spend $200 a month on the golf course or on a fancy cable TV package, says David Westbrook, a hospital executive in Kansas City, Mo. His splurge? He pays Dr. John Dunlap $133 a month for what he considers exceptional primary care.

"I have the resources to spend a little extra money on my health care to my primary care physician relationship," Westbrook says. "Because I have that access — and am very proactive in managing my personal health — I think I'm going to be healthier."

State Rep. Dylan Roberts (D-Avon) represents two counties on Colorado's Western Slope that face some of the highest health insurance costs in the state. So for his first two years in office, Roberts has been a key player on some of the biggest health care proposals coming out of the Capitol. His latest, which has bipartisan support, would create a new health insurance plan.

Mountain Family Health Centers

Today is the final day for public comment on a proposed federal rule change that would make it more difficult for immigrants who apply for assistance programs to achieve legal status. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Danyelle Rigli, executive assistant and advocacy coordinator for Mountain Family Health Centers, about why their board of directors are opposing the rule change.

Physicians for a National Health Program

On Thursday, September 6, Physicians for a National Health Program screens Fix It: Healthcare at The Tipping Point at Carbondale’s Third Street Center. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with retired neurosurgeon George Bohmfalk about why he advocates for a single-payer healthcare system.

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.

Colorado United for Families

Colorado United for Families, an organization concerned with the Trump Administration’s new healthcare bill, launched a campaign to hold Representative Scott Tipton accountable for how he voted on it. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with communications director Kaitlyn Randol to learn more.