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Colorado’s rural areas are facing a serious shortage of health care providers — but Kaiser Permanente is giving $2.4 million to the University of Colorado at Denver’s Health Science Center to help train more medical professionals who will work in isolated areas the state. The money will establish an Interdisciplinary Rural Training and Service Program,… Continue Reading Kaiser donates $2.4 million to shore up rural care

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Doctors – from internists to specialists – are increasingly unwilling to accept new Medicare patients, and many are opting out of the program completely. In Colorado Springs, 5,000 Medicare patients were left with no primary care doctor when the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation closed. Many doctors opt out of Medicare because of the “hassle factor,”… Continue Reading ‘Hassle’ causing doctors to avoid new Medicare patients

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True cost of disability staggering

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Getting injured or disabled can cause a staggering financial impact if people don’t have disability insurance – costs can reach as high as 20 times a person’s annual salary. That’s according to a study released by the Life Foundation and America’s Health Insurance Plans. The study provides a rare look at the consequences facing individuals… Continue Reading True cost of disability staggering

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The number of people covered by Medicaid in Colorado has risen to 457,699 – enough to fill the Pepsi Center 24 times. The total has risen by more than 9,000 people since March, and by 72,597 compared to April of last year, according to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “The increase… Continue Reading More people using Medicaid

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HSA enrollment reaches 8 million

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Eight million Americans are enrolled in health savings account insurance plans, an increase of more than 31 percent compared to 2008. “HSA plans provide coverage to a number of consumers of all ages and incomes across the country, and they represent an important choice for employers and individuals when looking at the portfolio of coverage… Continue Reading HSA enrollment reaches 8 million

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Obesity is considered an epidemic in the United States – and Colorado has not been immune to the problem. Although the state is the thinnest in the nation, with an obesity rate of 19.1 percent (compared to 26.6 percent nationwide), the problem is growing – contributing to increasing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and asthma rates.… Continue Reading Colorado not immune to fighting battle of the bulging waistlines

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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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