In court, drug middlemen fight to limit pharmacies insured patients can use

BY: - September 9, 2021

“In court, drug middlemen fight to limit pharmacies insured patients can use” first appeared in the Ohio Capital Dispatch. In the first test of a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, drug middlemen last week argued that federal law gives them a crucial right to limit what pharmacies patients with health insurance can use — or […]


COVID-19 hospitalizations in Colorado at highest point since Jan. 6

BY: - September 8, 2021

More people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado than at any point since Jan. 6, the day of the insurrection, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. As of Tuesday, 862 people statewide were hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, while 95 people were hospitalized with suspected cases. “That number […]


5 facts anti-abortion activists get wrong

BY: - September 8, 2021

Want to reduce abortions?  Great — but doing so doesn’t require unconstitutional abortion bans. Conversations on female reproductive biology have long been muted. The duct tape is often applied by religious and conservative sects that historically view even the most basic utterances of sexual education as lewd. The result? A fundamental lack of understanding of […]


Lawsuit alleges inadequate mental health care for Colorado teens

BY: - September 8, 2021

A federal class-action lawsuit filed Friday alleges the state shirked its duty to Medicaid-eligible teenagers unable to obtain care for mental health and substance use disorders in Colorado. Three anonymous teenage plaintiffs are being supported in the legal action by the state chapter of Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. The plaintiffs — whose lawsuit […]

flower chain with names of people lost to overdose

Overdose Awareness Day draws attention to deadly toll of substance use

BY: - September 1, 2021

A wall at Harm Reduction Action Center’s Denver office is nearly covered with framed photos of people lost to drug overdose. In front of the wall sits a table with roses, tissues and hand sanitizers. It’s Aug. 31, Overdose Awareness Day, and HRAC is hosting its annual event to mourn lives lost, pass out free […]

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Plans for opioid settlement money announced by state and local leaders

BY: - August 27, 2021

Colorado could soon receive $400 million from settlements with drug companies, and the state has a plan — or at least a proposed framework — for using those funds to fight the opioid epidemic, Attorney General Phil Weiser announced Thursday. Under the framework, 60% of Colorado’s settlement proceeds will be distributed to 19 regions of […]


Eli Bremer is wrong. Trans women are women who have every right to compete.

BY: - August 26, 2021

The International Olympic Committee started to allow trans athletes to compete in 2004 – but it wasn’t until last month, at the Tokyo Olympics, that openly trans athletes went for gold. Trans and nonbinary athletes like Chris Mosier, Laurel Hubbard and Alana Smith are role models who broke barriers and were celebrated for advancing inclusion […]

American Rescue Plan task forces seek public input on how to spend $850 million

BY: - August 20, 2021

Big decisions lie ahead for two Colorado task forces, comprising state lawmakers and government officials, that convened for the first time this week. Over the next several months, task force members will determine how to spend $850 million in federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act. And they’re asking for the public to weigh […]

Gov. Polis seeks vaccine requirement for health care workers

BY: - August 18, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday formally asked the state Board of Health to implement emergency rules requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for all workers who serve vulnerable populations and staff facilities where people receive essential medical care. Under the governor’s proposal, those people would need to receive their first shot by Sept. 30. “These are settings […]

Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine recommended for immunocompromised Coloradans

BY: - August 16, 2021

Colorado’s health department is following in the footsteps of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by formally recommending that people with compromised immune systems get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Providers across the state are encouraged to offer an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to moderately or severely immunocompromised […]

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Behavioral health task force prepares to tackle mental health, overdose crises in Colorado

BY: - August 9, 2021

When state Sen. Brittany Pettersen saw Colorado’s 2020 overdose death toll — the worst in at least 20 years — she thought of the families of those lost. “We didn’t have the system set up to deal with that increase in need, and we’re never going to get those people back,” said Pettersen, a Lakewood […]

What Colorado renters and landlords need to know about the new federal eviction ban

BY: - August 4, 2021

Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a new, narrower moratorium on evictions through Oct. 3, which will protect struggling renters in areas of the U.S. that are seeing rising COVID-19 infection rates. The ban comes days after a broader federal moratorium expired on Aug 1. The Biden administration previously said it could not legally extend […]