The history of the Medicare drug law, and Medicare itself, suggests that rough launches of health expansions don’t necessarily signal a lasting failure. So, proponents say, even a misfire of the health exchanges wouldn’t doom the federal overhaul.

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A trade group for Catholic hospitals says a new Obama administration policy on birth control is just fine. That’s in sharp contrast to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which continues to battle against the policy, which exempts churches, synagogues and mosques, but requires other institutions run by religious organizations to cover birth control under employees’ health insurance.

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Summertime means fun in the sun, and in Colorado, that fun is often year-round. So is the need to protect ourselves from harmful effects of sun exposure. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Major James Twede, Chief of Dermatology at Fort Carson. The conversation begins by talking about why [...]

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A family copes with tuberculosis in a place where a child infected with the illness may be shunned. Nurses are working hard to bring clean air and clear information to every home and every generation.

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In 2012, the U.S. military’s suicide rate surpassed combat deaths. Clinical Psychologist Craig Bryan has made suicide prevention his mission. This January, Dr. Bryan’s research brought him to Colorado Springs’ Fort Carson, where he was conducting his second study on mental health treatments. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin sat down then to talk about his research–and how [...]

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A Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory remains in effect for much of southern Colorado as a result of multiple wildfires. El Paso County, southeast Colorado, and south-central Colorado are all included in this advisory.

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If you’re looking for something unsmoky, non-hot and FREE to do tonight, don’t miss How to Survive A Plauge, an amazing documentary about the Act Up movement’s struggles to get the Reagan and Bush administrations to fund AIDS research screening at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center on the CC Campus tonight [...]

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Earlier today, the Colorado Department of Health issued an Ozone Action Day Alert for much of the Front Range. It is expected to last through Thursday at around 4 PM.

There are multiple fires burning across the state, including the Lime Gulch Fire in Jefferson County, the Bull Gulch Fire in [...]

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A few days into the Black Forest Fire, some local residents are getting outdoors again. Others are still concerned about air quality. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer looked into air quality issues related to the Black Forest Fire.

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Nearly one in four African Americans tell pollsters they’re having a hard time paying for needed prescription medicine. One in three say they struggled to pay bills from hospitals or doctors last year.

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As the temperatures stay consistently warm, summer activities abound. This month’s Healthy Conversation features a few topics on summer safety. Lt. Col. Steven Tobler is Chief of Preventative Medicine at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson. We start by talking about some of the most common safety issues when it comes to summertime.

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The Affordable Care Act, which has become known as Obamacare, will require small businesses with 50 or more employees to offer health care coverage to their workers. Some have suggested that could be discouraging hiring by small businesses.

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Tuberculosis is much less of a health threat in the United States than it is in other countries. But a family in Boston discovered that even here, no one is immune from this ancient foe. More than a dozen family members were infected with TB, and matriarch Judy Williams died at age 59.

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Colorado is no stranger to the military. From active bases to a large veteran population, many residents of the state have some kind of association with the armed services. This month for Western Skies, we’re exploring some of those relationships.

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For many veterans in out-of-the-way locations, getting medical care at a VA facility can be expensive, time-consuming and inconvenient. Telemedicine is changing that, providing access to doctors over the Internet.

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President Obama often tells audiences that he has waged his last campaign. But that’s not exactly true. The White House is gearing up for a massive push this summer to get uninsured people to buy health care when sign-ups begin Oct. 1.

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May is Mental Health Awareness month, and it’s an issue that affects one in four Americans. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Lieutenant Colonel Chuck Weber, Chief of Behavioral Health at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, to talk about some of the programs and strategies they use [...]

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Two years ago, a cantaloupe farm in southeastern Colorado was responsible for the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in decades. A packing facility there sent cantaloupe infected with listeria, a pathogen known for its high mortality rate, across the country. Since then, melon growers in the renowned Rocky Ford region have been trying to repair [...]

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Food access is getting a closer look with the help of a new survey from the Pueblo City-County Health Department. KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.

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For quite a while, the annual number of fatalities from auto accidents has been a kind of shorthand for health issues that are big and important. Suicides now exceed deaths from crashes. And the middle-aged have seen the biggest increase in suicide rates.

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Federal food inspectors will start checking cantaloupe farms and other processing facilities throughout the country and here in Colorado for deadly food borne bacteria. As KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, the increased scrutiny is in direct response to two large-scale outbreaks.

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Eating disorders are most often associated with young women, but the issues affect all ages, men and women. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Captain Kayla Ramotar, Assistant Chief of the Nutrition Care Division at Evans Army Community Hospital to talk about eating disorders.

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Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., is spending $100 million to open a medical school in the fall of 2013. Its goal is to have over 50 percent of its graduates go into primary care.

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