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New York City’s proposed ban on large sugary drinks sounds extreme — but the governor of the nation’s leanest state is listening. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says elected officials run a political risk for proposing dramatic lifestyle changes that Hickenlooper called “one step away from the nanny state.” But the Democratic governor also said he… Continue Reading NYC’s sugary drink ban catches CO gov’s attention

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  Imagine a tiny snake robot crawling through your body, helping a surgeon identify diseases and perform operations.   It’s not science fiction. Scientists and doctors are using the creeping metallic tools to perform surgery on hearts, prostate cancer, and other diseased organs. The snakebots carry tiny cameras, scissors and forceps, and even more advanced… Continue Reading Tool-wielding robots crawl in bodies for surgery

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Memorial board names officers

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The newly created Memorial Board of Trustees met for the first time today and elected the officers that will guide the new board through the transition to the election for University of Colorado Health. Marcy Morrison, longtime community advocate, former mayor of Manitou Springs and most recently, the former Colorado Commissioner of Insurance, was named… Continue Reading Memorial board names officers

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Former Memorial Health System CEO Larry McEvoy will get to keep all of his $1.15 million severance package. After an hours-long closed session yesterday, City Council decided there was little it could do to alter the compensation package – which includes 18 months’ salary, a company car, $20,000 in outplacement services and cash in lieu… Continue Reading McEvoy to keep $1.15 million severance package

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After more than an hour in executive session, the Colorado Springs City Council postponed the decision about outgoing CEO Larry McEvoy’s $1.15 million severance package. The reason, said council president Scott Hente, was to get more advice from city attorney Chris Melcher. “This is a complicated issue,” Hente said. “It’s about contract law, about labor… Continue Reading Council delays Memorial CEO severance decision

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  WellPoint Inc. shareholders rejected a call for more disclosure about the health insurer’s political contributions Wednesday during a shout-filled, contentious annual meeting.   Union representatives and other protesters repeatedly interrupted Chairwoman and CEO Angela Braly after she opened the meeting and introduced proposals for shareholder voting. One person presented a petition she said was… Continue Reading Protesters disrupt WellPoint annual meeting

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Colorado’s health hasn’t improved much in the years that the Colorado Health Foundation has been releasing its report card. In fact, for the state labeled “leanest” and “most active,” health care advocates say there is a lot of room for improvement. In its latest reiteration of the state’s health report card, the state earned a… Continue Reading Colorado Health Foundation report card: Not much progress

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The number of small businesses that offer health insurance to employees continues to decline, according to a new report from the Colorado Division of Insurance. Continue Reading Fewer small businesses offer health insurance

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Outgoing CEO Larry McEvoy will receive a total severance package of $1.5 million, under term of an agreement still to be finalized by the Memorial Health System Board of Trustees and McEvoy. Continue Reading McEvoy’s severance could equal $1.15 million

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Study: High costs keep medicines from market

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Development of a new drug in 1975 cost $100 million in today’s dollars. Now, the cost of bringing a new medicine from lab to pharmacy could exceed $1.2 billion. Continue Reading Study: High costs keep medicines from market

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