The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union says the costs of health insurance have become so high that many people who work in Colorado’s rural areas carry policies that only cover them in case of a dire emergency. So the union is seeking to do for healthcare what it has done successfully for milk, livestock and equipment: Form a co-op.

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Dentists are warning pregnant women to take care of their teeth, for the sake of their babies. Pregnant women with cavities and gum disease have an increased risk of having premature and low-birth weight babies. They also have a good chance of passing on their bacteria and bad habits to their children….

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Colorado is promoting its relatively healthy residents to lure new businesses to the state, arguing that able-bodied people are more productive and may cost less to insure.

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Kelli Rose is 46 and healthy, with never a day in the hospital. But still, the only health insurance available to her has a $15,000 deductible and would cost up to $500 a month.

Asked if she has $15,000 in the bank in case of a medical emergency, Rose just laughs.

Health insurance has become so expensive that this Monument woman, like many other Coloradans, has decided it is just not worth the cost. So she lives without insurance.

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Most Colorado hospitals reported strong profits to the federal government for 2010, as consolidation has given them clout to demand more money from insurance companies.

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Despite the down economy putting the pinch on many businesses, the hospital industry in Colorado is doing well. A Colorado Public News examination found most hospitals are reporting healthy profits…The number of business complaints Colorado consumers are filing with the state attorney general’s office is rising…A cottage foods bill is on its way to [...]

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Sobering statistics from the Centers for Disease Control say heart disease is still the number one cause of death for Americans. One cardiologist in Littleton believes the solution is in our diets. He even designed a professional kitchen at his practice to show people the basics of eating right. From Colorado Public News, Carol McKinley reports.

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Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs plans to participate in an online chat this evening during the State of the Union Address. The Republican representative announced yesterday that he would not attend the president’s speech, saying he does not support the policies of President Obama. The online chat is hosted by [...]

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Colorado’s oil and gas boom combined with a cash-strapped state government has caused a backlog of 1,800 pending air pollution control permits for oil and gas equipment.

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Lawmakers to tackle a hodgepodge of healthcare-related bills
By Erika Gonzalez
Colorado Public News

Colorado lawmakers expect to consider numerous healthcare-related issues this session, from tougher “truth in advertising” requirements for medical providers to imposing more stringent standards for food sold in public schools.

But with Colorado’s rising Medicaid costs [...]

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State Budget Slammed as More Coloradans Need Medicaid

Jump to Southeastern Colorado’s County Numbers

By Carol McKinley
Colorado Public News

In the years since the recession started, another 280,000 Coloradans qualified for government assistance with health care through Medicaid. From Colorado Public News, Carol McKinley reports that the state has [...]

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A new study highlights a lack of access to mental health care in many parts of Colorado…and, Colorado has applied to the Federal Aviation Administration for a federal spaceport designation.

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Study: 30 percent of Coloradans need mental health care

By Cara DeGette
Colorado Public News

Nearly one in three Coloradans has some type of mental illness.

That’s according to a report released Wednesday by a group called Advancing Colorado’s Mental Health Care, funded by several Colorado-based foundations. The report estimates that 1.5 [...]

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‘Consumer-friendly’ insurance website difficult to maneuver

By Dick Woodbury
Colorado Public News

Would you like to know why health insurance rates have jumped so much in Colorado? Good luck.

Last month the Colorado Division of Insurance, which regulates health insurance companies, rolled out a new website. The site – funded with [...]

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Fort Carson officials say they are considering changing the name of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site to Fort Carson South…This year’s flu shot could mean more than just protection from the virus…and, federal health officials say the death toll has risen to eight in an outbreak of listeria traced to Colorado cantaloupes.

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Focus on the Family says it is talking to abortion rights groups
By Carol McKinley
Colorado Public News

Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, a leading opponent of abortion, has been meeting with abortion rights groups to look for common ground to reduce the number of abortions. Those conversations are [...]

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Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family says it’s working with abortion rights supporters in an attempt to find common ground…and, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a warning regarding cantaloupes from the Rocky Ford region after 16 reported cases of Listeria developed across five states.

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A bill that would remove federal protection for millions of acres of public land and open them up for development and off-road vehicles is facing opposition from the Obama administration…Nearly one in five Coloradans is obese, and that extra weight contributes to a number of serious illnesses. 400 state health leaders attending the Colorado [...]

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Poor Coloradoans are more likely to die younger than the state’s wealthiest residents, according to a recent study by the University of Washington…and, artist Christo’s plan to hang nearly six miles worth of fabric over parts of the Arkansas River along U.S. Route 50 is largely intact under a version that federal land managers [...]

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The new federal health care law set to kick in by 2014 will expand access to health care in Colorado. That’s causing some experts to warn of a looming shortage of family practice doctors. Already, there aren’t enough of them to go around in poor urban areas and in rural Colorado, where it’s hard [...]

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The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control suggest on average, one out of 110 kids have some degree of autism. Last summer, a state law took effect that shifts the high cost of care from parents to health insurers. Carol McKinley of Colorado Public News checks in on what the [...]

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One out of every four inmates in Colorado prisons is mentally ill. In Arapahoe County, efforts are underway to change that. From Colorado Public News, Ann Imse reports that a one-year-old mental health court is having remarkable results keeping chronic criminals out of prison.

Photo Caption: Barbara, left, a defendant in the [...]

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The skyrocketing cost of healthcare has many shopping around for the best price on medical procedures. A Colorado Public News investigation has found the extra effort could save consumers thousands of dollars in out of pocket expenses. CPN’s Carol McKinley has more.

Patients can save thousands of dollars on a MRI

Patients [...]

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