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Local mood shaky to end 2013

As we entered the final week of 2013, we decided to use our weekly online poll to gauge how readers felt about the previous 12 months. Our simple question was this: What’s your general assessment of 2013 from a local business perspective? We offered four choices for answers, ranging from highly positive to upbeat, not… Continue Reading Local mood shaky to end 2013

Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 23, 42,771 Coloradans signed up for private health insurance that takes effect January 1, according to a news release from Connect for Health Colorado. Monday was a record day for shopping volume, with 5,354 Coloradans signing up. Connect for Health Colorado will continue to help people who complete the sign-up… Continue Reading 42,771 Coloradans sign up for health insurance

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid show ACA savings

Seniors in Colorado saved $91 million on prescription drug costs since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Nationally, seniors and people with disabilities with a Medicare prescription drug plan coverage saved $8.9 billion to date this year on their prescription drugs because of ACA.… Continue Reading Centers for Medicare & Medicaid show ACA savings

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Baby Boomers are getting older and retiring. That means that physicians who are Baby Boomers are doing the same. “Nationally, there’s already a [physician] shortage of about 20,000 that’s supposed to grow between now and 2025,” said Dr. Mike Ware, executive vice president of the El Paso County Medical Society. The EPCMS is affiliated with… Continue Reading Physician shortage affects El Paso, Teller counties

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Consumers should ignore a cancellation letter from Humana, sent in error the last week in August. According to Commissioner of Insurance Marguerite Salazar, the company sent the letter to 3,400 Colorado policy holders. The letter incorrectly states that customers must choose to renew their health insurance with Humana by September 28, 2013, or their insurance… Continue Reading Humana sends incorrect cancellation letter to policy holders

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Spend most of a week in Washington, D.C., as a group of 30 local leaders coordinated by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance just did, talking to people involved with government in many ways — from elected officials to support staffs, lobbyists and federal agency staffers — and soon you hear the same messages, over… Continue Reading D.C. takeaway – battles there can hurt here

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he Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act failed to solve one health care riddle: how to pay for long-term care for the rising tide of the nation’s aging population. Continue Reading Long-term care: A problem the Affordable Care Act didn’t fix

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Cigna adds CSHP to accountable care access

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Cigna has expanded its collaborative accountable care program to 10 new initiatives – one of which includes Colorado Springs Health Partners. The initiatives also involve doctor groups in six other states: Maine, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. With the additions, Cigna has 22 collaborative accountable care programs in 13 states that cover… Continue Reading Cigna adds CSHP to accountable care access

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Insurance companies will be watching the Supreme Court arguments about the Affordable Care Act closely next month, because it could mean they can get rid of some of the reforms they consider onerous. The Supreme Court will be ruling on the constitutionality of the health care reform act, popularly known as Obamacare. If the law… Continue Reading Insurance industry eyeing health reform turn-around

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Bipartisan legislation that would make health insurance less expensive for small businesses is in jeopardy because of its perceived association with national health care reform law, dubbed Obamacare. Senate Bill 200 would be the first step toward creating a clearing house of information, known as a health insurance exchange, for small business owners and individuals.… Continue Reading ‘Obamacare’ association likely to kill exchange bill

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