health care http://kajx.org en Medicaid Applicants Outpace Private Insurance Registrants In Tri-County Area http://kajx.org/post/medicaid-applicants-outpace-private-insurance-registrants-tri-county-area <p></p><p>Last month, several people raced to sign up for health insurance before the March 31st deadline. Many of those patients qualified for the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program. Turns out, more people signed up for Medicaid than for private insurance in the tri-county area that includes Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle Counties. Now, doctor’s offices that handle these patients are trying to keep up. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:46:49 +0000 Marci Krivonen 17096 at http://kajx.org Medicaid Applicants Outpace Private Insurance Registrants In Tri-County Area 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 Care, Budget, Wildfire: The Dwindling Weeks Of Colorado's Legislative Session http://kajx.org/post/health-care-budget-wildfire-dwindling-weeks-colorados-legislative-session <p></p><p>With about five weeks left in Colorado’s legislative session, lawmakers are going over the budget, looking into fighting wildfires and voting on internet access for rural areas. State Senator Gail Schwartz is involved with these efforts. She’s a democrat from Snowmass Village and Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen sat down with her on Sunday. Here is their entire conversation.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:56:46 +0000 Marci Krivonen 16309 at http://kajx.org Health Care, Budget, Wildfire: The Dwindling Weeks Of Colorado's Legislative Session 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 Pitkin County Sees Spike in Medicaid Enrollees http://kajx.org/post/pitkin-county-sees-spike-medicaid-enrollees <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Affordable Care Act is helping low income residents in the Roaring Fork Valley get health insurance. That’s according to officials who oversee programs for the poor. More people are signing up for Medicaid and others are purchasing insurance plans from the state exchange. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen&nbsp;reports.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:39:57 +0000 Marci Krivonen 14820 at http://kajx.org Pitkin County Sees Spike in Medicaid Enrollees