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Health care call center coming to Springs

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Senate Bill 11-200 – the act that created the Colorado health benefits exchange – is also creating jobs in Colorado Springs. The state exchange will open a new customer service center in Colorado Springs, creating about 100 new jobs. Connect for Health Colorado has signed a lease for a 25,000-square-foot building that will open this… Continue Reading Health care call center coming to Springs

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Health exchange gains funding source

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Gov. John Hickenlooper gave the Colorado health benefits exchange – known as Connect for Health Colorado – its much-needed funding source when he signed House Bill 1245 earlier this month. The bill takes the current 1.8 percent assessment on health insurance policies sold in the state and moves it from Cover Colorado to the exchange.… Continue Reading Health exchange gains funding source

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Penrose plan to close gym sparks protest

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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is closing their health learning center gym, which provides exercise services to senior citizens who are undergoing rehabilitation after heart attacks or strokes or who suffer from chronic illnesses like diabetes. It’s the only medically supervised gym of its kind in the state.  And the 450 clients are so upset about… Continue Reading Penrose plan to close gym sparks protest

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Cuts to Social Security and Medicare could increase poverty among older people in Colorado. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 15 percent of people over the age of 65 have incomes below the supplemental poverty level and 7 percent living in below the official Federal poverty threshold. Supplemental poverty levels take into account expenses like… Continue Reading Medicare, Social Security cuts could increase poverty levels

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State gets different brand of insurance

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Small businesses and individuals have a new and different option for health insurance, thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act. The recently approved Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative is a consumer-driven company. Insured members will make up the majority of the board, and will direct much of the decision-making process as soon as 2014, said… Continue Reading State gets different brand of insurance

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No Colorado Springs hospital earned an A in patient safety, according to the latest information from the Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit group of employer purchasers of health care. Penrose-St. Francis earned a B for both its campuses, and Memorial Hospital earned a C, according to the grades assigned – based on infections, injuries,… Continue Reading Springs hospitals miss A grade for patient safety

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A health care pilot project could make Colorado Springs a magnet for businesses seeking to lower health care costs. The project seeks to bundle payments for chronic illness in an effort to lower costs for companies that self-insure employees. Self-insured employers pay for the bulk of employees’ health care costs themselves, and then use a… Continue Reading Local pilot project could be economic driver

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The Colorado General Assembly is considering a bill to regulate stop-loss insurance and attempt to stabilize the small-group market. It’s good news for most small businesses with traditional insurance, but could leave a handful of small businesses paying more money. House Bill 1290 also seeks to end a practice common in the stop-loss market —… Continue Reading Legislation seeks to stabilize insurance market

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AspenPointe names replacement CEO

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Dr. Mick Pattinson has been hired to replace outgoing president and CEO Morris Roth at AspenPointe, according to the nonprofit group, which provides behavioral and occupational therapy in the Pikes Peak region. Pattinson will take over for Roth, who is retiring in August after more than 40 years at AspenPointe. Roth served as the organization’s… Continue Reading AspenPointe names replacement CEO

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The University Village shopping center on North Nevada Avenue offers a number of places to shop and places to eat, but today it added a different service – a place to get testosterone injections. The Low T Center is part of a national chain with 25 locations, one of which is opening  in Las Vegas… Continue Reading University Village adds testosterone injection clinic

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