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Shawna Kemppainen and Lisa Green want what other couples already have: the chance to take care of each other.

Green has multiple sclerosis and is on several expensive medications. Thanks to domestic partner health benefits at Kemppainen’s work, she’s covered by insurance. The two know they’re fortunate. Continue Reading Same-sex partners struggle for health insurance

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Insurance benefits: How to change the culture

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It’s easy for businesses to offer domestic partner insurance benefits, as long as they follow a few legal — and cultural — steps. Most insurance companies, for example, offer domestic partner benefits. Kaiser Permanente was one of more than 300 companies to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for its equality efforts. Communication is… Continue Reading Insurance benefits: How to change the culture

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Meetings and conventions have been called the invisible industry, but hoteliers in Colorado Springs intend to change that. And if the Convention and Visitors Bureau has its way, the region will be a hotbed for group business. With the economy starting to turn around, convention business is poised to recover, locally. Last year, while hotel… Continue Reading Convention industry grows as corporate stigma fades

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As bad as the job market is for unemployed professionals in El Paso County, the situation is even worse for military veterans looking to enter the workforce. El Paso County is home to nearly 80,000 veterans, and last year 15,277 of them, or 19 percent, registered with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center for help finding… Continue Reading Veterans lining up to battle for jobs after military life

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In a time of lean state budgets, the Colorado Department of Transportation has launched an $800,000 study of the state’s railroads and created a new department to deal with railway and other transportation issues. It’s a move that could lay the groundwork for long-talked-about plans for high-speed trains from Pueblo through Colorado Springs to Fort… Continue Reading Colo. has never had a regional rail plan. Now it will

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Technology at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is helping Jill Wirthlin regain her life one step at a time. Wirthlin, a mother of four children under the age of 7, suffered a major heart attack and subsequent brain damage just before Thanksgiving. Doctors kept her in a medically induced coma for three weeks, and a few days… Continue Reading Tech, toys helping rehabilitation patients in recovery

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Toni Green: Snowboarding cancer surgeon

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Dr. Toni Green finds it hard, impossible really, to maintain any distance from her patients. A surgeon who recently opened a new practice associated with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Green specializes in the type of surgeries that breast cancer patients undergo. “I chose this type of surgery because it allows me to build a relationship… Continue Reading Toni Green: Snowboarding cancer surgeon

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Foes target Colorado’s new hospital fee

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Less than two years ago, the Colorado hospital fee passed with much fanfare and to the great relief of the state’s hospitals. The fee is expected to bring in more than $800 million for Medicaid to provide insurance for the state’s poor and indigent. It would allow thousands of children to be seen by doctors… Continue Reading Foes target Colorado’s new hospital fee

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Technology park envisioned where wildlife roam

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WOODLAND PARK — Sturman Industries has developed plans to transform its corner of Woodland Park into a nexus for green-minded, high-tech research-and-development companies. In other words, it’s hoping for like-minded neighbors. To pull it off, the engineering company will be offering portions of its sprawling campus for sale to select firms interested in relocating to… Continue Reading Technology park envisioned where wildlife roam

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