Health

Two-thirds of audited state Medicaid notices contained errors

BY: - September 25, 2020

On Dec. 19, 2019, a Medicaid client in Colorado received a notice from the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The recipient was asked to provide information about the cash value of their assets — by Sept. 27, 2011. Not only had that due date passed by more than eight years, but the […]

36 residences in Boulder singled out for COVID restrictions

BY: - September 24, 2020

Boulder County Public Health on Thursday took the extraordinary step of ordering restrictions that apply to the residents of 36 addresses in the city of Boulder as a way to reverse a rise in new COVID-19 cases. The action is believed to be the first time a coronavirus public health order in Colorado targeted a […]

How families are keeping Halloween from turning into a COVID nightmare

BY: - September 24, 2020

DENVER — For Laura Stoutingburg and her family, Halloween has always been a monthlong celebration of corn mazes, pumpkin patches and, of course, trick-or-treating in their suburban Denver neighborhood. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the mother of two to change their plans. “Traditional trick-or-treating house to house does not feel like a smart choice […]

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‘Blueprint’ of reforms would help state address suicide, substance abuse

BY: - September 23, 2020

On Feb. 7, only three days after her daughter Olivia’s 13th birthday, Vickie Zacher’s worst nightmare became a reality. “I do feel my daughter could have been saved, but she was just a number being pushed through the system that failed us,” said Zacher, who spoke during a press conference on Wednesday about how she […]

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Colorado health professionals: The oil and gas industry needs to take a step back

BY: - September 23, 2020

By Velma L. Campbell, Cory D. Carroll, Karen K. Dike and Jan Douglas When entering the medical field, we vowed to always do whatever it takes to improve and protect the health of our patients. Little did we know that in order to do that, advocacy was needed outside our medical offices. As clinicians we […]

Rising COVID-19 transmission rate rivals July spike, state officials say

BY: - September 22, 2020

For the past couple of weeks, state officials have been reporting that outbreaks among college students could pose a danger to Colorado’s ability to keep COVID-19 under control. It’s now clear that the number of new cases is rising on a steeper trajectory than during the spike after the Fourth of July, officials said at […]

Congress launches inquiry into claims about gynecological procedures at Georgia immigrant facility

BY: - September 22, 2020

Top U.S. House Democrats are investigating a whistleblower’s allegations that immigrant women in a Georgia detention center endured gynecological procedures without their consent or full understanding of the treatment that was being performed. Dawn Wooten, a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center, said women at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility “were […]

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Why Colorado needs home birth midwives, now more than ever

BY: - September 22, 2020

Imagine, leaving a 23-hour labor and birth, after mom birthed the baby in the family’s living room right alongside her wife. All night she labored, with the lights low, in her home, in the hands of a safe provider, where she could grab snacks filled with protein or Gatorade from her own fridge. In the […]

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FACT CHECK: Cory Gardner’s bill has as much to do with politics as preexisting conditions

BY: - September 21, 2020

Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican running in a tight race for reelection in Colorado, says he wants to protect people with medical conditions. In a mid-September tweet released by his campaign, he promoted legislation he introduced in August that he says will do just that. “People like my mother who battle chronic diseases are heroes,” […]

‘Strict enforcement’ threatened for students at CU Boulder, where COVID-19 cases spike

BY: - September 18, 2020

Cases of COVID-19 are climbing once again in Colorado, spurred in large part by outbreaks at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 507 new cases on Sept. 17, representing the largest number of daily new cases since Aug. 4. CU Boulder reported 130 new cases of COVID-19 […]

Here’s how counties can move between COVID-19 restriction levels

BY: - September 17, 2020

Two days after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment created a new “dial” framework to set thresholds for different levels of COVID-19 restrictions, state officials provided some more clarity about the process. Whether a county falls under Stay at Home, the most restrictive level and red part of the “dial”; Safer at Home […]

Oil and gas regulators signal support for 2,000-foot setbacks

BY: - September 10, 2020

A majority of the commission overseeing oil and gas drilling in Colorado on Wednesday voiced support for a significant increase in the state’s mandatory “setback” distances between new wells and occupied buildings. “I think we’re tasked with making a setback, and a regulatory regime, that is protective,” Jeff Robbins, chair of the Colorado Oil and […]