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Peak Vista awarded $758,333 federal grant for local services

Peak Vista Community Health Centers in Colorado Springs has received a grant of $758,333 from the U.S. Health and Human Services, the federal agency announced Thursday. The money will be used at Peak Vista’s North Academy Boulevard location “and will enable us to fund several more providers and six support staff,” said Communications Director Randy… Continue Reading Peak Vista awarded $758,333 federal grant for local services

Make the most of your health insurance choices

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People throughout Colorado are facing or preparing for open enrollment, when most Americans select or switch their health insurance plan for the next year. In Colorado, employees are reviewing and selecting their benefits package for 2014. In many cases, consumers who spend time reviewing their options can find ways to save money on their health… Continue Reading Make the most of your health insurance choices

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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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DOI issues new rule banning discrimination

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Leo Kattari has to go to the doctor every three months for blood tests, and he takes biweekly testosterone shots. Although he has health insurance through his job, the policy covered none of the checkups, lab tests or medicines. “I spend about $200, $300 every time I go to the doctor,” he said. “My doctor… Continue Reading DOI issues new rule banning discrimination

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Health insurance rate increases at 10-year low

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When it comes to health insurance rates in 2013, there’s good news and bad news. Continue Reading Health insurance rate increases at 10-year low

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Colorado consumers with health insurance will benefit from $27.5 million in rebates from insurance companies this summer, because of the Affordable Care Act’s 80/20 rule. The rebates will go to 208,000 people and will average $227 for each Colorado family. The health care law requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premium… Continue Reading Coloradans will receive $27 million in health insurance rebates

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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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The Colorado Division of Insurance will be keeping a closer eye on insurance companies and their ever-increasing proposals to raise premium levels. The division will use a $4 million, three-year federal grant to more accurately and efficiently review the rate increase proposals. Last year, insurance carriers in Colorado increased their rates on average of 9… Continue Reading Insurance division grant allows closer eye on insurance cos.

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IBM putting Watson to work in health insurance

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Enough with the fun and games. Watson is going to work. IBM’s supercomputer system, best known for trouncing the world’s best “Jeopardy!” players on TV, is being tapped by one of the nation’s largest health insurers to help diagnose medical problems and authorize treatments. WellPoint Inc., which has 34.2 million members, will integrate Watson’s lightning… Continue Reading IBM putting Watson to work in health insurance

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