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More than 79,000 people visited the Connect for Health Colorado website in the first day of the health care exchange offering insurance plans, and more than 3,700 people called into the customer service lines. The new exchanges, created in Colorado by Senate Bill 200, expected a busy day. The group created 5,500 new accounts, said… Continue Reading Thousands of Coloradans go to exchange website during opening day

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Health insurance marketplace opens Oct. 1

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After years of debate, controversy, delays and attempts to overturn the law, the Affordable Care Act is close to full implementation. Small businesses and individuals can start signing up for health care coverage using the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, on Oct. 1. That coverage will go into effect Jan. 1, and yet… Continue Reading Health insurance marketplace opens Oct. 1

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More Coloradans died by suicide in 2012 than ever before, says the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment. The state’s suicide death toll has been climbing in the past decade, giving Colorado one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. In 2012, 1,053 people in the state completed suicide, representing a rate of… Continue Reading Colorado’s suicide rate reaches record numbers in 2012

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DOI approves 541 new insurance plans under ACA

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The Colorado Division of Insurance approved 541 new health insurance plans from 18 carriers that will offer insurance to consumers and businesses starting Jan. 1, 2014. The new health plans must offer, under federal law, a set of essential benefits and a variety of choices. The division started reviewing the plans in May to make… Continue Reading DOI approves 541 new insurance plans under ACA

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AspenPointe is seeking nominations for its annual “Heroes of Mental Health” award, presented during a luncheon Oct. 15 at The Broadmoor hotel’s International Center. The luncheon recognizes someone in our community who champions wellness and spearheads efforts to curb stigma and promote treatments for mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness or joblessness. Nominees should be residents… Continue Reading AspenPointe seeks ‘Hero of Mental Health’

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Tough adjustment: Health care providers having trouble with TriCare referrals

Three months ago, UnitedHealthcare took over the TriCare contract from TriWest Healthcare Alliance for the 21-state western region. But after that change took effect April 1, few providers were prepared for what happened next: lack of referrals, slow payments, new billing codes, new requirements and reduced services. In Colorado Springs, Alpine Autism Center says UHC… Continue Reading Tough adjustment: Health care providers having trouble with TriCare referrals

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Despite a Division of Insurance edict prohibiting health care discrimination based on transgender status, the problem still persists in the state. Kelly Costello was denied coverage for surgery that allowed him to transition from a woman to a man, just as the state was saying those denials are no longer allowed. And Nicole Garcia has… Continue Reading Transgender discrimination persists despite state ruling

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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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