Renegade Colorado crafters will be out in force this morning, delivering handmade "no thank you" cards to Attorney General John Suthers and telling him that birth control is #NotMyBossBusiness. Suthers filed a friend-of-the court brief in the Sibelious v. Hobby Lobby case, which the Supreme Court wi ... More >>
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 >>
Back in October of last year, Don Fox, the CEO of Firehouse Subs, a national chain with thirteen outpost in the metro Denver area, had this to say about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "October 1st will be a watershed moment," wrote Fox in Forbes magazine. "On that day, the Affordable Care Act's 'Hea ... More >>
Comedian Mara Wiles hasn't had it easy the last few years. After establishing herself as an intelligently goofy performer on the local comedy scene, she was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening kidney disorder that, to say the least, interrupted her ascending career as a standup. And Denver ... 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 >>
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 >>
Further underscoring the importance of Colorado as a key swing state in the presidential election, Paul Ryan, the newly named Republican vice presidential candidate, is holding events in metro Denver tonight and tomorrow -- just two days after Mitt Romney announced his running mate. Ryan began his ... More >>
Wildfire season -- which has included several massive Colorado blazes already this year -- puts thousands of seasonal firefighters to work. But because many have temporary status, they aren't eligible for federal health insurance -- a concern Representative Diana DeGette hoped to address in a new bi ... 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 >>
Last November, we introduced you to ThanksObamacare.org, a local website aiming to transform "Obamacare" from an attack label used by opponents of the 2010 health-care law to a term of endearment. This week, the site's released a new video, "Don't Deny Us," which expands on this theme as political o ... More >>
Obama caring.The term "Obamacare" was originally conceived by opponents of President Barack Obama's health-care reforms as a way of hanging what they saw as a political albatross around his neck. But now, a group of Colorado activists have embraced the word with ThanksObamacare.org, a website ... 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 >>
Our post about this past weekend's Tax Day Tea Party in Loveland turned into a lively forum for debate about whether this grassroots movement is a good thing or a bad thing. Here's a post from someone representing the latter point of view.
John Suthers.Last March, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers joined "nearly a dozen" state AGs in challenging the constitutionality of just-passed health-care legislation. Now, he is celebrating a U.S. District Court ruling in Florida that concludes Congress "exceeded the bounds of its aut ... 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 >>
"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 >>
Kenny Be "You think my support of the Health Care Reform Bill will jeopardize my re-election? Well, just what do you know about anything? I can tell you this, what you don't know, Mr. Sirota, could fill a book. Make that two books, a blog and a three-hour daily radio show."
"Hey, Barack. Remember that public-option thing you used to be so hot on?"Colorado's Michael Bennet is widely seen as being among the most vulnerable Democratic senators in advance of the November 2010 election -- hence President Barack Obama's fundraising visit to Denver last week before a p ... More >>
Dr. Margaret Flowers will speak at the rally.President Barack Obama's visit to Denver today is prompting more spectacles than just a medical marijuana protest featuring Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente, which is scheduled to be underway at this writing. For instance, there's also "Rally 'Ro ... 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 >>
At least he's not saying healthcare reform mirrors the North Vietnamese approach...Yesterday, an amendment sponsored by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet guaranteeing no Medicare benefit takeaways because of healthcare reform passed 100-0. Among those voting for it: Arizona's John McCain, who's ... More >>
A single word from Senator Michael Bennet has simultaneously thrilled his supporters and emboldened critics who think he's might an incredible strategic blunder. That word is "yes." This weekend, Bennet appeared on CNN's State of the Union program, and when interrogator Jon King asked if he'd stil ... 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 >>
Betsy Markey doesn't like the House's healthcare bill -- and she's not that into talking about why not, either.Even though Diana DeGette has big problems with an amendment to the mammoth healthcare bill limiting access to abortions, she voted for the measure. Not so Betsy Markey, the only Dem ... More >>
Archbishop Charles Chaput supports healthcare reform -- but his mind could be changed.Archbishop Charles Chaput supports healthcare reform -- but his mind could be changed.Although Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput is seen as an arch-conservative in many quarters, he's actually supporte ... More >>
Earlier this week, ex-Congressman Tom Tancredo said former Colorado Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton, then on the cusp of formally announcing her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, wasn't "ready for prime time" and was only running because she'd been urged to do so by Arizona Senator John McCain. Since ... 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 >>
On Friday, we shared a video in which folks protesting healthcare reform in Pueblo compared Obamacare to Pol Pot and Adolph Hitler -- and this brand of overheated rhetoric is hardly isolated to that community. Over the weekend at an event in Brighton, pro-healthcare reform rep Ed Perlmutter was gr ... More >>
What St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction will look like after completing its "Century Project." In a report about efforts to control healthcare costs broadcast on National Public Radio this morning, Len Nichols, of the New America Foundation, an organization lobbying for reform in a wide array of ... More >>
Earlier this week, the Denver Post published a story about Morgan Carroll, a Democratic state senator from Aurora, who had angered the leadership in the legislature after posting a blog last month criticizing the way they treated Senate Bill 166, "which sought to ban drug companies from giving gifts ... More >>
You civic-minded types out there have no doubt heard by now that the 2008 Colorado ballot could be the largest in the state's history. But hearing about it and seeing an approximation of what we could be facing in the voting booth in November are two very different things. Ballotpedia.org, which de ... More >>
My mother was the Grand Inquisitor of hospital bills. She would question the inflated price of every pill dispensed, every package of unused gauze. She had excellent health insurance and rarely had to pay out of her own pocket for such things, but she understood how the padding built into the averag ... More >>
Medicaid patients could be facing death by a thousand cuts.
A plan by some Colorado leaders to trim hard-won health-insurance benefits could leave consumers feeling the pain.
Peggy Quinn wanted to make death easier on the terminally ill, but she's made life hard on everyone else.
Doctors thought banding together might give them more power at Rose Medical Center. Instead, they wound up owning their own hospital.
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.
BLUE CROSS SETTLES CO-PAY COMPLAINTS BUT STILL INTENDS TO CUT ITS OWN DEALS ON MEDICAL BILLS.
A COMPARISON OF TWO HOSPITAL BILLS SHOWS HOW COST-SHIFTING CAN KNEECAP CUSTOMERS.