health insurance http://kajx.org en Pitkin County Tackles Pricey Health Insurance Problem http://kajx.org/post/pitkin-county-tackles-pricey-health-insurance-problem <p></p><p>Pitkin County staff and elected leaders will meet with the State’s top insurance official this week about pricey health insurance. A <a href="http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2014/February/03/most-expensive-insurance-markets-obamacare.aspx">Kaiser Health News report</a> says Colorado’s “rating area eleven” that covers Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield and Summit Counties, is the most expensive insurance market in the country. Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock says they’d like to see solutions.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 17025 at http://kajx.org Pitkin County Tackles Pricey Health Insurance Problem Health Insurance Deadline Nears; Enrollment Events Ramp Up http://kajx.org/post/health-insurance-deadline-nears-enrollment-events-ramp <p></p><p>The deadline for most Coloradans to get health insurance in 2014 is less than two weeks away and, efforts to get people covered is ramping up. Connect for Health Colorado will hold events in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Rifle over the next two weeks.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials with the state-run health insurance exchange says 100,000 people have already purchased plans on their website and they expect a surge of interest as the deadline gets closer.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:49:55 +0000 Marci Krivonen 15695 at http://kajx.org Health Insurance Deadline Nears; Enrollment Events Ramp Up Mountain Edition - January 2nd, 2014 http://kajx.org/post/mountain-edition-january-2nd-2014 <p>Colorado made history this week when retail marijuana stores around the state opened for business. People traveled across the country to stand in line at several Denver-area businesses.</p><p>Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, retail pot shops will open later this year. In the meantime, law enforcement is getting ready.</p><p>Aspen resident and Nordic skier Simi Hamilton also made history-- but in a totally different field. He’s the first American male to win a World Cup stage race. The win gets him closer to the Olympics.</p><p>Paying for health insurance is really expensive in the Roaring Fork Valley compared to most other places in Colorado. Now, Governor Hickenlooper says he may get involved in lowering premiums.</p><p>Garfield County believes the state did a bad job setting up the prices for those premiums. But some experts say insurance officials didn’t break the rules. We’ll hear from one expert who’s asking why medical care is so high in the Valley and other resort communities.</p><p>Finally, sometimes the the road to Sochi is especially difficult. Ski racer Wiley Maple’s efforts were cut short after an old injury flared up.</p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 22:29:43 +0000 Marci Krivonen & Elise Thatcher 12396 at http://kajx.org Mountain Edition - January 2nd, 2014 Governor Open to Helping Bring Down Insurance Premiums http://kajx.org/post/governor-open-helping-bring-down-insurance-premiums <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; Governor John </span>Hickenlooper<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he could get involved with bringing down health insurance prices. That could have a real impact for residents of the Roaring Fork Valley and other mountain towns. Garfield County asked the state's top official earlier this month to intervene with high premiums. The County believes Colorado officials did a sloppy job earlier this year when coming up with prices. But some experts say the state didn't make any mistakes.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:57:45 +0000 Elise Thatcher 12269 at http://kajx.org Governor Open to Helping Bring Down Insurance Premiums Expert: Why Are Healthcare Prices So High in the "Resort" Area? http://kajx.org/post/expert-why-are-healthcare-prices-so-high-resort-area <p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:12:27 +0000 Elise Thatcher 12270 at http://kajx.org Expert: Why Are Healthcare Prices So High in the "Resort" Area?