Should Medicaid payments for circumcision be cut off in Colorado? That's the argument of The Whole Network, a national organization that's encouraging its members to contact Colorado legislators who might be thinking about reinstating such funding. A network spokeswoman says the fight has taken pla ... More >>
Talk about art on the cutting-edge! On Friday, February 1, the show Estee Fox: fox tales ft. 7 and marbles -- an eclectic mix of videos, paintings and live music -- will open at Edge Gallery, complete with a screening and discussion of Fox's performance piece "How to: A Pretty Vagina." As the artist ... More >>
Colorado has a new Medicaid pilot program that will cover the cost of acupuncture, massage therapy and chiropractic services for 67 people with spinal cord injuries. As explained in our feature story, "Body Movin'," the program's chief architect is a determined thirty-year-old named Chanda Hinton Le ... More >>
The fourteen-year-old boy who accidentally shot nine-year-old Chanda Hinton Leichtle in 1991 thought the rifle was unloaded. It wasn't, and the bullet severed her spinal cord and left her paralyzed below the chest. This week's feature, "Body Movin'," tells how Hinton Leichtle became an advocate for ... More >>
Update: This weekend, Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen published a scathing piece in which he argued that Planned Parenthood was likely worse than Penn State when it came to covering up sexual assaults on children; our previous coverage is below. Laugesen explains the ti ... More >>
Big news today for Barack Obama and, you know, tens of millions of Americans across the country: The Supreme Court of the United States has finally issued its ruling on the Affordable Care Act, essentially deciding to keep most of it intact. And advocates in Colorado are cheering the news, saying it ... More >>
The Republican House leadership's successful effort to block passage of a civil unions bill yesterday, orchestrated by Speaker Frank McNulty, could well have aftershocks stretching to the fall elections. And lawmakers who opted for inaction may be facing much more than the wrath of liberals and acti ... More >>
The Denver Children's Advocacy Center has won a $50,000 federal grant to educate parents and pregnant women about Medicaid and other health insurance for low-income families. The grant is the second such award for the center, which serves children who have been sexually abused, neglected or ... More >>
Flickr A week from today, Colorado is cutting -- pun intended -- Medicaid funding for circumcisions. According to the Associated Press, the state will join seventeen others in making the cost-saving move, which will likely please circumcision opponents, such as Paul Russo, the subject of a 19 ... More >>
Long-lost evil twin? An intergenerational love affair between family members who don't know they're related? A romance forged via ESP between two people in a coma? As long as the dramatic music was right, we wouldn't blink if we saw one of those absurd scenarios unfold on a daily soap. But ... More >>
Mike FallonIt's the middle of the afternoon and Mike Fallon is at Pint's Pub. The Republican candidate for Colorado's 1st Congressional District wasn't driven to the bottle by the rigors of campaigning, however. Rather, he's holding the first in a series of town-hall meetings that will take ... More >>
Which medical marijuana patients deserve financial assistance -- and how long should they wait for it? This question arose during debate over House Bill 1284, part of the state's new package of medical marijuana laws. Now, the health department's new medical marijuana advisory group is tryin ... More >>
Denver Health broke ground this week on a four-story building that by late next year will be home to an adolescent psychiatric facility. Although the psych ward's new digs won't be a whole lot bigger, Denver Health officials say they will be a lot better. In terms of hard numbers, the facili ... More >>
Mayor and (nearly) Governor John Hickenlooper says, "Welcome Illegal Immigrants!" What benefits will they receive? Look below to find out:
"The Florida guy had to write the whole thing...."Yesterday afternoon, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced that he would be joining "nearly a dozen" fellow AGs across the country in suing to stop the just-signed health-care law from taking effect. Since then, the number of bandw ... More >>
An image from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing website The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (known affectionately as "hick-puff") didn't win any popularity contests this past summer when it unveiled changes in the way Medicaid payments would b ... More >>
Chandler Grafner, seven, died of starvation at the hands of his caregivers in 2007.The debate over how to serve the state's neediest citizens, including abused children, has come to a head in the weeks since a governor-appointed committee recommended that the state should take over county res ... More >>
Will Nancy Pelosi get so mad at Diana DeGette that she actually blinks?Just because the House of Representatives passed a healthcare bill this weekend doesn't mean it'll stay passed. Denver congresswoman Diana DeGette is leading a group of reproductive-rights supporters who are mad as hell th ... More >>
John Suthers.Colorado is set to receive more than $3.5 million from drug leviathan Pfizer in relation to two separate settlements. According to the office of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, the largest of the two deals is related to allegations that the company "improperly marketed fo ... More >>
The blogosphere is our sanctuary. The Denver housing market is rebounding like Jessica Simpson. (That is, if you consider Colt Brennan a solid rebound). (5280) This is sort of meta, but: Melanie Asmar hits the radio to talk about last week's cover story on Medicaid cuts. Go, girl! (Colorad ... More >>
A bureaucratic loophole limits halfway house residents' access to health care, making it harder to survive on the outside.
These troubled teens found themselves at Lost and Found. But now the program is finding itself out of options.
Attorney Jay Reinan made his name defending nursing homes. Now he's out to expose them.
Are we having funds yet?
His biological parents didn't want him -- but to get him the help he needs, his adoptive parents must give him up.
From the week of April 10, 2003
Medicaid patients could be facing death by a thousand cuts.
From the week of February 28, 2002
Peggy Quinn wanted to make death easier on the terminally ill, but she's made life hard on everyone else.
The squeeze in managed mental-health care is choking patients and providers alike.
The state's treatment of the developmentally disabled isn't broken. So why does Colorado want to fix it?
Denver Public Schools considers privatizing its health and social services.
The state health department cracks down on inadequate care at one nursing home.
The nursing home industry is earning healthy profits. But its clients may be paying the price.
Roll out the gurneys! Hospitals fight for the right to treat prisoners.
University Hospital abruptly pulls its money out of clinics that treat the poor.
Rescuing the mentally ill has brought millions to the Mental Health Corporation of Denver--as well as complaints of coercion, mismanagement and neglect.
Denver General gets ready to launch a downscale marketing campaign.
A NEW, HARD-SELL HMO STORMS INTO COLORADO, HOPING TO SCOOP UP MEDICAID BUSINESS.