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Debate about SB1335 still raging

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A bill signed into law this month by Gov. Bill Ritter could mean higher health insurance premiums – or it could simply be a way to more fairly decide who pays how much.
Senate Bill 1335 removes an insurance company’s ability to set premiums based on the health of employees. In some cases, insurance companies were raising premiums for entire companies if an employee suffered a chronic or major illnesses. Beginning in 2008, insurance companies doing business in Colorado won’t be able to do that. Continue Reading Debate about SB1335 still raging

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More help with health care

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Business leaders in Colorado have a new advocate to help them with health care legislation, employment and reform issues: The Business Health Forum.
“We see a need to get business leaders engaged in the process,” said Ralph Pollock, the forum’s executive director. “Business leaders don’t have a voice right now; they don’t have dedicated staff to cover these health care issues. And yet, health care is a major concern for them.” Continue Reading More help with health care

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In response to concerns about marketing practices in the insurance industry, seven health care sponsors have agreed to suspend marketing of private fee for service plans.
United Healthcare, Humana, Wellcare, Universal American Financial Corp., Coventry, Sterling and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee signed the agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Continue Reading Health plans will stop marketing private fee plans

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Digging deeper, giving more

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Companies are giving more money to charity than ever before — despite the absence of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunamis.
Corporate giving increased 4.7 percent to $10.6 billion during 2006, compared to 2005. And according to the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, 56 percent of 113 surveyed companies — including 44 Fortune 100 corporations — reported an increase in giving, and about 13 percent of companies increased giving by more than 30 percent. Continue Reading Digging deeper, giving more

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The Joint Commission has launched a national campaign to help Americans understand their rights when receiving medical care. “Know Your Rights” is part of the commission’s Speak Up program, which encourages people to take an active role in their health care.
“Know Your Rights” provides tips to help people become more involved in their treatment, thus improving the safety and quality of care received. Continue Reading J.C.’s Speak Up program focuses on patient rights

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Mike and Si Niswonger know about candy — how to mix chocolate and caramel and marshmallow, how to stretch and pull about 30 flavors of taffy, how to create peanut butter cups, mints and chocolate hearts.
And they learned it from their dad, Wes, who learned it from his father — the person who opened Patsy’s in Colorado Springs more than 100 years ago. Continue Reading Communication key to father and son businesses

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Starting June 9, the Visiting Nurse Association will provide public wellness clinics the second Saturday of each month at 5373 N. Union Blvd, suite 101.
Registered nurses from the VNA will answer questions and provide access to health services for reduced fees. Continue Reading Weekend clinics will focus on preventative care

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Health care reforms nailed to the door

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Comprehensive health care reform in Colorado is one step closer to reality.
Four proposals to overhaul the system are being evaluated, including creating a single, publicly-financed program; creating a core limited-benefit plan that all carriers would offer; creating a purchasing pool to replace individual, small group and large group plans; and creating a voluntary purchasing pool for small businesses and individuals receiving government subsidies. Continue Reading Health care reforms nailed to the door

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Survey results were released last week about the success of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which Congress is debating whether to reauthorize.
The program works to reduce the number of uninsured, low-income children in the United States. Continue Reading Children’s health insurance plan gets rave reviews

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Health care taking on team look

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If the future of health care lies in creating partnerships to cut costs and provide more efficient care, Memorial Health System and Pikes Peak Cardiology Group are ahead of the curve.
PPCG is not only leasing space at Memorial Medical Office Building, but it is sharing the hospital’s catheter lab and other resources.
“We needed a new home and we’ve talked with (Memorial CEO) Dick Eitel and decided we’d both be better off if we partnered in both real estate and clinical issues,” said Bill Mantia, CEO of the cardiology group.
PPCG will occupy the floors above the health system’s new emergency department. The move will reduce “windshield time,” Mantia said — the time it takes cardiologists to drive to the emergency room from their practice. Continue Reading Health care taking on team look

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