Kaiser Health News tells the stories of Colorado, Montana and the rest of the region.

Bus Stop by Bus Stop, Denver-Area Officials Microtarget Vaccine Hesitancy

Using detailed maps that show vaccination rates down to the ZIP code or census tract level, health departments highlight areas of greater Denver where vaccinations lag behind state or county averages, then partner with community organizations to overcome barriers. Can this be a model for President Joe Biden’s “neighborhood by neighborhood” approach?

States Step Up Push to Regulate Pharmacy Drug Brokers

In an ongoing effort to control prescription drug costs, states are targeting the companies that mediate deals among drug manufacturers, health insurers and pharmacies. The pharmacy benefit managers say they negotiate lower prices for patients, yet the nitty-gritty occurs largely behind a curtain that lawmakers are trying to pull back.