Healthcare Costs

Former Routt County Commissioner and Representative for Colorado's 26th House District Diane Mitsch Bush is running for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. She spoke to KDNK's Lucas Turner about legislative priorities including protecting public lands, lowering healthcare costs, creating new jobs and more.

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Glenwood Springs based attorney Karl Hanlon is running for Senate District 8 against Bob Rankin this election. He spoke with KDNK's Lucas Turner about issues like climate change, economic development and recovery, western slope water, healthcare costs and more.

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Glenwood Springs-based attorney Karl Hanlon is running for Senate District 8 against incumbent Bob Rankin. He spoke with KDNK's Lucas Turner about  climate change, western slope water, healthcare costs and more.

 


  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.