health care

7:46am

Wed April 16, 2014
APR Local News

Medicaid Applicants Outpace Private Insurance Registrants In Tri-County Area

A physician sees a patient at Mountain Family Health Centers. The organization's clinics are seeing 150 new Medicaid patients a month.
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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.

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6:00am

Tue April 15, 2014
APR Local News

Pitkin County Tackles Pricey Health Insurance Problem

According to Kaiser Health News, the most expensive health insurance market in the country is in Colorado's high country. Pitkin County would like to see solutions to what they see as an inequitable problem.
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Pitkin County staff and elected leaders will meet with the State’s top insurance official this week about pricey health insurance. A Kaiser Health News report 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.

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7:56am

Mon March 31, 2014
APR Local News

Health Care, Budget, Wildfire: The Dwindling Weeks Of Colorado's Legislative Session

State Senator Gail Schwartz will introduce bills about energy efficiency and health care during the final weeks of the legislature. She's a democrat from Snowmass Village.
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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.

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6:49am

Tue March 18, 2014
APR Local News

Health Insurance Deadline Nears; Enrollment Events Ramp Up

The deadline for getting health insurance in 2014 is approaching and the state-run health insurance exchange is reaching out. It's holding several enrollment events in the coming weeks.
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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. 

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.

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11:39am

Wed February 26, 2014
APR Local News

Pitkin County Sees Spike in Medicaid Enrollees

During the last part of 2013 Pitkin County saw a jump in the number of people enrolling in Medicaid. They're also tracking how many people are purchasing insurance on the state exchange. They say many of those are likely low income.
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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 reports.

In Pitkin County, the number of Medicaid patients jumped 20 percent since October. So, 90 more people are seeking care from doctors who will take them.

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