Category Archives: Colorado health care

Colorado Health Exchange premiums ~ equal to high-risk pool premiums, and you can’t keep your doctor.

Linda Gorman describes how the so-called Affordable Care Act required one Coloradan to leave Colorado’s high-risk pool for a plan on Colorado’s health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado.  The premiums are similar, but the exchange plan’s a narrow physician … Continue reading

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Colorado Senate Bill 14-016 a boost to health care cronyism

Colorado’s hospitals are big businesses. As the bill to close competitive emergency rooms shows, they would rather outlaw competitors than outproduce them. Colorado legislators need to remember that handing hospitals a monopoly over freestanding emergency rooms does not serve the best interests of their constituents. It will increase health care costs while reducing health care access, and increase the pain for ordinary citizens already suffering from Obamacare cost increases. Continue reading

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‘Risks’ loom for Colorado health exchange technology

As Colorado’s health exchange managers sprint toward an October 1 launch, a top manager warned board members on Monday that a recent decision to build a new “eligibility” IT system poses the greatest risk of delay and could undermine the quality of the online health marketplace. Continue reading

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Colorado Health Benefits Exchange: poor access & narrow provider network?

[I]f the health plans and hospitals contract with fewer providers, they can exert more leverage on doctors to limit services and keep costs down. Continue reading

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Tech troubles could hobble Colorado health exchange

Critical problems threaten the system, ranging from a lack of coordination with the state’s technology office and historic problems with state IT systems to poor oversight by exchange managers and contractors and the potential for serious conflicts of interest among those charged with creating the complex multi-million dollar exchange system. Continue reading

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Mag Ban: A Range Officer’s Safety Perspective of Colorado HB13-1224

“all three of us would have been criminals because the original owner of the magazine was no longer in “continuous possession” of the magazine and two other individuals had it in their possession during training.” Continue reading

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How Colorado’s Medicaid expansion harms patients

Medicaid expansion would limit access to care for the significant fraction of the currently uninsured who would otherwise be eligible for federal premium subsidies under ObamaCare. It raises costs for state taxpayers, increases costs for people who are hospitalized, and prevents state insurers from collecting millions of dollars in federal subsidy money. Continue reading

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Colorado House Bill 1224: Magazine Ban Worse Than Advertised

Jon Caldara, President of the Independence Institute, demonstrates how HB 13-1224 would ban almost all magazines in Colorado. You may have heard it will only affect magazines over 15 rounds. Not so. Continue reading

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Jon Caldara: One-on-One with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

Host Jon Caldara is joined by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to discuss, among other issues, the numerous gun related bills making their way through the General Assembly. Continue reading

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Colorado Health Benefit Exchange: bare-bones and expensive plans

There’s mounting evidence that come fall, the health plans sold through the Obamacare exchanges will be bare bones affairs – with narrow networks of providers to select from, and heavy co-insurance once patients go “out of network.” Continue reading

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