Eric Whitney

Michigan Republicans Rethink Medicaid Expansion

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Michigan is one of only a handful of Republican-led states that is expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. It did it by forging a plan that worked for both political parties, business interests, doctors and hospitals.

Obesity Rate Flat For First Time In Decades, Health Rankings Find

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An annual state-by-state survey says the country is making good progress in improving its overall health — including a flat obesity rate and a lower rate of smoking. But individual states, especially in the South, continue to lag. The 2013 edition of “America’s Health Rankings”  by United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and […]

Sex Sells … Health Insurance?

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The Affordable Care Act is good for young adults because it’ll save them money on health care, leaving them more to spend on liquor and birth control. That’s one way to interpret the message from a provocative new ad campaign in Colorado. Not everyone is thrilled with it. In a federal hearing in October, Rep. […]

Colorado Insurance Exchange Week One: Few Enrollments, Lots Of Interest

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Despite a relatively low number of people buying coverage in its first week, the board in charge of Colorado’s health insurance exchange is generally pleased with how it’s running. Connect for Health Colorado, which is branding itself as C4HCO, says it had 162,941 unique visitors to its website October 1-7. Of those, 226 purchased health […]

After The Floods, Colorado Hospital Braces For Winter

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Estes Park Medical Center escaped the flood damage that hit most of the area. But two roads leading to the town known as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park are impassable. One snowstorm could close the remaining road and ground helicopters, leaving the hospital and its patients stranded.

Colorado Exchange Watchdog Likes What It Sees

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Colorado lawmakers overseeing the set-up of the state’s health insurance exchange are generally pleased with how it’s going, but they are worried some residents will still be “left out in the cold,” without insurance even if the exchange works well. Colorado is one of 16 states and the District of Columbia that chose to set up […]

Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner Braces For Bumps In The Road

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Colorado, which is preparing for the Oct. 1 launch of its new online insurance marketplace, expects bumps in the road as residents start enrolling in new health coverage options created by the Affordable Care Act. “We’re going to have 500,000 new customers,” said Marguerite Salazar, the state’s new insurance commissioner, during an Aug. 19 interview […]

Colorado Exchange Releases Health Insurance Rates

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Colorado released its Obamacare insurance rates on Friday, joining 13 states and the District of Columbia in making rates public. The state earlier made the call to be a clearinghouse exchange, rather than an active purchaser, and so, it has approved all 242 health plans submitted for sale on its marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado.  Thirteen carriers will […]

Rate Shock? Let’s Talk About It Later, Says Colorado Insurance Commissioner

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Colorado is among the states getting their first glimpse of how much health insurance will cost under Obamacare in 2014. Colorado’s insurance commissioner Jim Riesberg says he’s pleased with what he’s seen so far, but, “talking about rates at this point in time could lead to a lot problems in the future.” Riesberg says that’s because […]

Colorado Offers Exchange ‘Assister’ Money To Many Groups

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Obamacare in Colorado is getting down to the details, in dollars and cents. One of the 16 states that is setting up its own online insurance marketplace, Colorado on Monday named 58 organizations it’s selected to form its “assistance network” to help residents sign up for health coverage on the exchange. But just 11 organizations are […]

Colorado Medicaid Expansion Moves Forward With One Republican Vote

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The only real surprise about Colorado’s bill to expand Medicaid, now that it’s been approved by both legislative chambers, is that it won a vote from a Republican legislator. Sen. Larry Crowder from the San Luis Valley said he couldn’t vote against the bill when hospitals in his district are strained to the breaking point […]

Colorado’s Pitch For New Business: Healthy, Lean Workers Cost Less

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The cost of doing business may be lower in areas where there’s a “culture of health.”  And that’s put Colorado, which has the lowest adult obesity rate in the nation, on the map for companies looking to relocate or expand. Kelly Brough is proud of this.  She runs the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and she’s […]