Health

COMMENTARY

Lawmakers should support and protect Medicare Advantage

BY: - March 18, 2021

By Mike Cerbo As the former head of the Colorado AFL-CIO and as a former state legislator, it has been my life’s mission to fight for good health care and benefits for the hardest working members of our workforce. And even in my retirement, I continue advocating for Colorado’s working class, including retirees. After years of […]

Public option round two: Colorado Democrats, insurance carriers prepare for a fight

BY: - March 15, 2021

A storm is brewing at the Colorado Capitol over upcoming legislation that would create a public option for health insurance. As of March 12, the bill hadn’t been officially introduced, but a preliminary version reviewed by Newsline lays out the framework. Under the draft bill, the state would first ask private insurance carriers to reduce […]

As winter storm descends on the Front Range, community groups and Denver officials ramp up homeless outreach efforts

BY: - March 12, 2021

As a major winter storm slams the Front Range, city officials and community groups are ramping up efforts to get people living outdoors into shelter or get them the winter gear necessary to survive the storm. Denver officials announced on Thursday that they were opening an emergency shelter space for men and transgender individuals at […]

COVID-19 vaccine

What childhood vaccine rates can, and can’t, teach us about COVID vaccines

BY: - March 10, 2021

“What Childhood Vaccine Rates Can, and Can’t, Teach Us About Covid Vaccines” originally appeared at khn.org. Polls show Americans are increasingly interested in getting vaccinated against COVID-19, but such surveys are largely national, leaving a big question: When the vaccines become available to the general public, will enough people get it in your county, city […]

COMMENTARY

Telling our abortion stories for Abortion Provider Appreciation Day

BY: and - March 10, 2021

One of the best ways we can reduce abortion stigma is by telling our abortion stories — even if we think they’re ordinary. In our case — on the occasion of Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, March 10 — we’re telling them because they’re ordinary, because Colorado remains a place where patients can access abortion care […]

COMMENTARY

Why Colorado needs to pass the birth equity bill package

BY: - March 8, 2021

As long as outcomes in infant and maternal health are not disaggregated by race and ethnicity by each provider or facility, we will never capture a true idea of how well certain providers are servicing families of color. Without this data, we are losing an opportunity to address racial inequities in infant and maternal care. […]

School boards refused to let students receive medical cannabis. Parents are fighting back.

BY: - March 5, 2021

When the school board refused to let their daughter, Marley, receive her cannabis-derived medicine from willing teachers, Sarah and Mark Porter made the difficult decision to pull Marley out of a Douglas County public school in October 2019. “The last time she got out of the hospital, she never went back to school,” Mark Porter told […]

Rural Americans in pharmacy deserts hurting for COVID vaccines

BY: - March 4, 2021

“Rural Americans in pharmacy deserts hurting for COVID vaccines” was originally published at khn.org. As the Biden administration accelerates a plan to use pharmacies to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, significant areas of the country lack brick-and-mortar pharmacies capable of administering the protective shots. A recent analysis by the Rural Policy Research Institute found that 111 rural […]

Denver approves first funding for safe outdoor spaces for people experiencing homelessness

BY: - February 17, 2021

In July, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced he would allow people to live outdoors and promised that several temporary sanctioned camp sites would be established throughout the city. Now, eight months later, one nonprofit is getting the financial support to do so. Denver City Council on Tuesday awarded a nearly $900,000 contract to Colorado Village […]

Sen. Bennet reintroduces ‘Medicare-X’ bill to create public option for health insurance

BY: - February 17, 2021

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet on Wednesday unveiled the latest version of his “Medicare-X” proposal, which aims to increase competition and affordability on state health insurance exchanges by establishing a public option for coverage. “Medicare-X is the best way to cover everyone, reduce health costs, and improve the quality of health insurance for all Americans, including […]

COMMENTARY

High-potency THC products are a problem we must address

BY: - February 12, 2021

We believe that it is imperative that our elected officials use science and research to craft legislation that will keep up with the dangerous regulatory gaps on high-potency THC.

COMMENTARY

Colorado needs a human rights approach to maternity care

BY: - February 11, 2021

Racial inequities are on full display in light of COVID-19, but they have been drastic pre-pandemic for families of color giving birth. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die due to pregnancy-related issues. Native American and Indigenous women are two to three times more likely to die from complications that are often preventable […]