Health

Here’s when drug prices will start to decrease for Medicare recipients

BY: - December 6, 2022

Starting next month, a $35 cap on insulin prices will go into effect for millions of Medicare recipients. The lower pricing is one of the first of several policy measures Americans will see in the coming months and years under the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law in August. The bill also requires pharmaceutical companies […]

Anti-abortion ordinance introduced in Pueblo city council could test new state protections

BY: - November 30, 2022

The Pueblo City Council is considering an ordinance that, if passed, would make it more difficult for an incoming abortion provider to receive medication and supplies, but there is doubt it would hold up in court against Colorado’s new abortion access statute. The proposed ordinance, introduced by first-term council member Regina Maestri, is a response […]

Rural Colorado tries to fill health worker gaps with apprenticeships

BY: - November 30, 2022

This story originally appeared at khn.org. During her 12-hour overnight shift, Brianna Shelton helps residents at BeeHive Homes Assisted Living go to the bathroom. Many of them have dementia, and some can’t get out of bed on their own. Only a few can remember her name, but that doesn’t matter to her. “They’re somebody’s mom, […]

Colorado legislators reflect on red flag laws after Club Q shooting

BY: - November 25, 2022

Following Saturday’s deadly Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs, reports of the suspected shooter’s past history with law enforcement prompted questions about Colorado’s red flag laws and whether their application could have prevented the tragedy. Red flag laws allow authorities to temporarily seize firearms from, and block the sale of firearms to, individuals judged by […]

Here are the next steps for Colorado’s psychedelic mushroom law

BY: - November 21, 2022

Now that Colorado voters passed the Natural Medicine Health Act, the state has several steps to get through before Colorado will actually see a regulated industry for psychedelic mushrooms.  The measure allows for licensed “healing centers” to provide access to psilocybin and psilocyn, the psychoactive compounds found in many species of fungi, for therapeutic purposes. […]

Colorado lawmakers form caucus for gun violence prevention

BY: - November 18, 2022

Members of a newly formed Gun Violence Prevention Caucus in the state Legislature hope that by heading into a new legislative session as a united group, they can accomplish major policy goals around firearms and keep the issue at the forefront of other lawmakers’ minds. “We’ve been ad hoc, but we wanted to go into […]

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis tests positive for COVID

BY: - November 17, 2022

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday morning, according to a news release from his office. Polis is asymptomatic and will continue his work as governor remotely from home until he is no longer contagious after five days if he continues to see no symptoms. The news release said the governor, who is […]

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Colorado to receive more than $40 million in settlement with Walmart over opioid crisis

BY: - November 15, 2022

Colorado will receive more than $40 million from a $3.1 billion national settlement with Walmart for its role in the opioid crisis.  A news release from Attorney General Phil Weiser’s office said the settlement will require “significant improvements” in Walmart pharmacies’ handling of opioids, as a lack of proper oversight worsened the opioid crisis. Weiser […]

Abortions in Colorado increase 33% following Dobbs decision

BY: - November 2, 2022

A report tracking legal abortions since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade shows a 33% increase in abortions in Colorado from April through August, the third-most of any state.  #WeCount, a national abortion reporting effort from the nonprofit Society of Family Planning, looks at how abortion access has changed by state since the […]

COMMENTARY

Fentanyl overdose should not be a threat faced by school children

BY: - October 29, 2022

The prevalence of continuing and emerging threats to public health in the United States has increased exponentially in recent years. From the ongoing two-years-plus COVID-19 pandemic to the current monkeypox outbreak of 2022, Americans — and the global populace as a whole — are facing grim and challenging times. However, perhaps the most insidious threat […]

Millions of workers are dealing with long COVID. Advocates call for expanding social safety net.

BY: - October 25, 2022

Emily Withnall caught COVID-19 from her teenager in July 2020. In the more than two years since, the 40-year-old has suffered from debilitating fatigue, spinal pain and heart palpitations.  In addition to her primary care doctor, she regularly sees a cardiologist and says her acupuncturist and craniosacral therapy help relieve her pain and the trouble […]

Monkeypox cases are in sharp decline. Could the outbreak be over?

BY: - October 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — New monkeypox cases have been trending downward nationwide for more than two months, giving some hope the decades-old virus that had its first major outbreak in the United States this year is nearly under control, or even on its way out. However, experts caution that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data broken […]