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Two dozen pot shops have to move or close

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It’s moving day for some two dozen marijuana dispensaries warned to move or close by the top federal lawyer in Colorado. U.S. Attorney John Walsh gave 23 marijuana dispensaries near schools a Monday deadline to shut down, move or face federal penalties. Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Industry Groups says the affected dispensaries have complied. MMIG Executive… Continue Reading Two dozen pot shops have to move or close

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Colorado Springs Health Partners’ Urgent Care has created a new app that helps people answer the two most common health questions: “What could be wrong?” and “Where should I go for treatment?” iTriage is a free app available from app stores for the iPhone and Android phones and hopes to take advantage of the growing… Continue Reading CSHP health care: There’s an app for that

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More premium money spent on care, report says

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More than 80 percent of health insurance premiums collected by Colorado carriers went directly to the cost of providing health care, up from just under 77 percent in 2009. The report, issued by the Colorado Division of Insurance, is for calendar year 2010, and is an annual report that looks at the factors that drive… Continue Reading More premium money spent on care, report says

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Health plans have lowest customer service ratings

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Health plans have the lowest customer service rating of more than 200 companies, according to a new research report published by Temkin Group. The group rates customers’ experiences at 206 large companies across 18 industries. It’s the second year of the study. The research is based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers and includes… Continue Reading Health plans have lowest customer service ratings

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Fort Collins marijuana dispensaries shutting down

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Medical marijuana dispensaries in Fort Collins are shutting down to meet a deadline imposed by voters. Police say they plan to begin inspecting the businesses Tuesday night to make sure the dispensaries are complying. The owners of six marijuana businesses lost their appeal to a judge to block the ban from taking effect. The judge… Continue Reading Fort Collins marijuana dispensaries shutting down

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Memorial Health System kept its A- rating from Standard & Poor’s, but received a negative outlook. The hospital gave the news at yesterday’s city council meeting, and also asked its lender to give a prognosis of its financial standing. “Part of the downgrade is certainly because of the governance issue,” said Steve Self, president of… Continue Reading Memorial keeps credit rating, receives negative outlook

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A federal appeals court says American seniors who receive Social Security cannot reject their legal right to Medicare benefits in a rare case of someone suing to get out of a government entitlement. Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey is among the five senior citizens who sued to stop their automatic eligibility for Medicare. But… Continue Reading Appeals court: Seniors can’t reject Medicare right

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The cost of health care increased 4 percent in the third quarter of 2011 from the previous year, at least for people with employer-sponsored health insurance. The news come from the Thomson Reuters Healthcare Spending Index for Private Insurers, and also shows a .9 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011. The index tracks… Continue Reading Health insurance increased 4 percent in third quarter 2011

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GOP’s health care ideas face dim future in CO

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Colorado Republicans aren’t faring well on some of their major health care proposals this year. A Republican bill to repeal Colorado’s health insurance exchange is up for a vote Thursday in a Democrat-controlled Senate committee, where it appears headed to certain defeat. The committee is led by the Democratic senator who proposed the exchange last… Continue Reading GOP’s health care ideas face dim future in CO

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UCH, PVHS finalize joint partnership

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Poudre Valley Health System and the University of Colorado Hospital have finalized a joint operating agreement that creates a new health system. Called University of Colorado Health, the partnership will also include Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs, once details of a lease agreement are ironed out and voters decide on the effort at some… Continue Reading UCH, PVHS finalize joint partnership

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