Health

How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

BY: - July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents. Starting this week and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of […]

New Colorado law tackles insulin prices

BY: - July 10, 2021

People with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes need prescription insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels. Without access to the medication, diabetes can prove fatal. But rising costs of insulin make the life-saving medication difficult or impossible to obtain for many people, even those with public or private health insurance. Colorado lawmakers, who’ve worked […]

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Colorado would receive $50 million in proposed settlement with Purdue Pharma, Sackler family

BY: - July 8, 2021

Under the terms of a multibillion-dollar proposed settlement with multiple states, pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma and the family that owns it would pay Colorado $50 million to combat the opioid crisis. Former Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, first sued Purdue Pharma in 2018 over allegations the company employed deceptive marketing practices to sell […]

Elephants partly inspired these new Colorado laws

BY: - July 7, 2021

When an elephant goes into labor in the wild, its herd quickly surrounds her in a tight circle, standing ready to fight any threats that come her way. The births, as with humans, can extend for many hours or even days. “It’s this incredible vision of defense and protection,” said Indra Lusero, founder and director […]

How one rural town without a pharmacy is crowdsourcing to get meds

BY: - July 5, 2021

“How one rural town without a pharmacy is crowdsourcing to get meds” first appeared at khn.org. WALDEN, Colo. — The building that once housed the last drugstore in this town of fewer than 600 is now a barbecue restaurant, where pit boss Larry Holtman dishes out smoked brisket and pulled pork across the same counter […]

Polis signs substance use prevention bill but warns against future health insurance mandates

BY: - July 2, 2021

With a bipartisan bill that Gov. Jared Polis signed into law Monday, state legislators forced state-regulated insurance plans to provide optional alternatives to prescription opioids. The law is aimed at preventing addiction and overdose. Polis, however, expressed concern that the legislation — along with recent and future laws that mandate coverage for specific health care […]

As abortion access shrinks nationwide, Colorado remains a sanctuary state for reproductive health care

BY: - June 30, 2021

When Lorenne Gavish found out she was pregnant in 2019 while living in New Mexico, she felt as if she was drowning in her abusive relationship. For Gavish, who now lives in Colorado, her first decision as a mother was to wait to become one. “Having been able to have that abortion and extract myself […]

Have thoughts about Denver’s approach to homelessness? Come to this meeting.

BY: - June 28, 2021

Denver city housing officials are hosting community meeting on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the outdoor Greek Theatre in Civic Center Park to discuss the city’s approach to tackling its growing homelessness crisis. The goal of the meeting is to solicit feedback from residents about current city programs for people experiencing homelessness; […]

U.S. House panel approves legislation to clean up toxic ‘forever chemicals’

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved major bipartisan legislation that aims to reduce Americans’ exposure to toxic chemicals in air, water and consumer products. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, led by Michigan Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat and Fred Upton, a Republican, was approved 33-20 late Wednesday. […]

Arizona’s Cindy McCain picked by Biden as UN food ambassador

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday tapped Arizona’s Cindy McCain, the widow of former U.S. Sen. John McCain, as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, with the rank of ambassador. Earlier this year, Arizona Republicans voted to censure Cindy McCain and two other members of the state’s GOP, […]

Here’s what you should know about gun laws in Colorado

BY: - June 24, 2021

In data point after data point, gun violence is historically high in Colorado. In 2020, a near-record number of people killed themselves with a gun, more people were murdered with a gun than any prior year on record, and amid protests against police violence and racial injustice, Colorado climbed to fifth in the nation for […]

Denver program that replaces police with mental health pros seeks advisory board members — and more funding

BY: - June 23, 2021

Denver’s Support Team Assisted Response Program — which redirects some crisis 911 calls to mental health professionals instead of law enforcement — is looking for volunteers to serve on their advisory committee to help track and evaluate the program’s outcomes. The STAR Program deploys emergency response teams that include emergency medical technicians and behavioral health […]