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Colorado’s small group insurance program is relatively stable – with 21 companies providing insurance to small businesses. That’s the 2008 report from the Division of Insurance, which shows a 7 percent, or about 25,000 fewer people, reduction in coverage between 2007 and 2008. Despite the economic downturn, the drop isn’t the most dramatic during recent… Continue Reading Dept. of Insurance reports stable coverage environment

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Colorado is one of the top 10 states when it comes to serious disciplinary actions for doctors – and this, according to publiccitizen.org, is good news. The state had 4.5 actions – including revocations, surrenders, suspensions and probations – for every 1,000 doctors, making it ninth of 10 states. The other states with the most… Continue Reading Colorado’s doctors face right amount of discipline

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The number of uninsured Americans is rising, right? Maybe not. It depends on whom you ask. While one study shows that one in three Americans don’t have health insurance, another group says the figures are “hysterical” and “aimed at stampeding policymakers into enacting ill-founded solutions to fictional problems.” Families USA conducts an annual study that… Continue Reading Number of uninsured might not be as bad as reported

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About 30 percent of doctors in the United States would choose a different profession if they could start over immediately. HCD Research says that doctors between the ages of 35 and 64 were the most likely to be inclined to choose a different profession. The company interviewed 929 doctors. Most of the 30 percent who… Continue Reading Nearly a third of doctors would change careers if they could

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The Body Mass Index scale is not an accurate measure for obesity – at least according to an article in the British Journal of Nutrition. The study shows that the number used to indicate weight category does not reflect the “same amount of body fat for some races compared to others,” said senior authors Dr.… Continue Reading The magic number might not be 30: BMI could be BS

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Child care inspections to resume

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The El Paso County Department of Health and Environment will reinstate its Child Care Center Health Inspections program this month. The department will pay for the inspections using money from the El Paso County Department of Human Services and federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grants. The additional money means that the department will be… Continue Reading Child care inspections to resume

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News this week from the National Cancer Institute was more disturbing than biting into a juicy cheeseburger, only to find it’s still cold and red raw. Diets high in red meat, their study found, contribute to stomach ulcers, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s — and, in short, they can shave years off your life. While… Continue Reading Re-branding the latest beef study: science medium, accuracy rare?

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Despite rising costs, very few employers changed their health benefit packages during the 2009 enrollment season. Employers absorbed most of the cost increases, and added access to health saving accounts and wellness programs. That’s according to the Wells Fargo Benefits Marketplace Survey, which includes responses from more than 400 U.S. employers. The survey shows that… Continue Reading Employers not changing health benefits, despite economy

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Doctors support stem cell research

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More than 70 percent of doctors say federal funding for stem cell research will improve the country’s position as an innovator in health care. A national study of 636 doctors showed that physicians generally support the move to lift the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. The majority of respondents — 84… Continue Reading Doctors support stem cell research

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IRS posts site for COBRA questions

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The Internal Revenue Service has a Web site for employers to claim credit for the COBRA medical premiums they pay for their former employees. The information, available at IRS.gov, includes an extensive set of questions and answers about the requirements set forth as part of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The site… Continue Reading IRS posts site for COBRA questions

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