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Attorney General John Suthers will join nearly a dozen other states in challenging the health care reform act passed over the weekend.. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires people to purchase health insurance or face a penalty. The lawsuit will also challenge the constitutionality of the penalties included in the legislation. “The U.S.… Continue Reading Colorado joins state suits against health care reform bill

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 WASHINGTON (AP) – Making a last-ditch effort to save his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama on Monday put forward a nearly $1 trillion, 10-year compromise that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriate consumers. Posted Monday morning on the White House Web site, the plan would… Continue Reading Obama puts forward last-ditch health care plan

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Health care reform isn’t dead with the election of Scott Brown and the loss of a Democratic seat in Congress. In fact, local analysts say that Brown’s election won’t derail reform at all. “There are at least two scenarios,” said De De dePercin, executive director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. “I think rumors of… Continue Reading Brown’s election doesn’t end reform, local analysts say

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Despite passage by House of Representatives, details still unresolved in federal legislation Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a five part series examining the ramifications of health care reform conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The last of the series will run Nov. 27. Health care reform has come to focus on the insurance industry — and… Continue Reading Change appears only constant in health care reform

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Premiums for healthy, young adults could rise as much as 140 percent if health care reform legislation is approved by Congress. A study by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, which was released last week, considers the following three scenarios: a young healthy 25-year-old man with individual insurance, an unhealthy, 60-year old couple, and a family… Continue Reading Young, healthy could shoulder costs of health reform

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Most health care reform efforts center on creating a single “medical home” as a means to provide efficient, high-quality care. Analysts at PricewaterhouseCoopers say that the ideas about how to pay for health care involves using primary care doctors as the gateway to the system — proven by many studies as the way to provide… Continue Reading Health care reform will focus on primary care, technology

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As Congress debates health care reform, legal groups are debating the effect medical malpractice suits have on insurance and overall health care spending. At least one group places the blame for skyrocketing medical costs on plaintiff attorneys, while other lobbying groups say litigation does not affect costs. The Manhattan Institute, a free market think tank,… Continue Reading Battle rages over malpractice litigation and medical costs

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AP Poll: Health care overhaul has a pulse

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The fever has broken. The patient is out of intensive care. But if you’re President Barack Obama, you can’t stop pacing the waiting room. Health care overhaul is still in guarded condition. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll has found that opposition to Obama’s health care remake dropped dramatically in just a matter… Continue Reading AP Poll: Health care overhaul has a pulse

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Small businesses to hike insurance premiums

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More than 92 percent of small businesses are planning to increase their insurance premiums during the upcoming year – some as much as 20 percent. “The cost of health insurance has dire implications on small business job creation,” said Todd McCracken, president and CEO of the National Small Business Association, which annually conducts a small… Continue Reading Small businesses to hike insurance premiums

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State health practices held up as national model

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The new Senate health care reform bill, released yesterday by Sen. Max Baucus, contains key provisions from proven success in Colorado. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said he included provisions in the bill that will improve patient care and lower cost using a “proven care transitions model” developed in Colorado. “Colorado has incredible examples of how… Continue Reading State health practices held up as national model

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