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State of Health

State exchange could face tougher financial pressure

The Colorado Statesman

Is Connect for Health Colorado on solid financial footing? The next 10 months could be telling.

The exchange, a state-based marketplace for consumers to get health insurance, is going through its first year without new federal support. That means the exchange has to be on the path to self-support. But a budget document for calendar year 2016 shows it’s likely to run about $13.3 million in the red, and it gets tougher from there.

Guest Commentary

Blake: How long before Bustang is put out to pasture?

Complete Colorado

Privatize the profits, socialize the losses. That’s what the Colorado Department of Transportation does with Bustang, the new state-owned intercity bus operation.

Bustang began operating July 13 with routes from downtown Denver north to Fort Collins, south to Colorado Springs and west to Glenwood Springs.

State of Health

Medical Homes: More Colorado clinics take a team approach to good health

Colorado News Connection

Coloradans are embracing the "medical home" model for health-care delivery, according to a new report from the Colorado Health Foundation.

In a medical home, the patient is the focus, and doctors — who traditionally play the “starring role” in clinics — become part of a team of professionals, all of whom step in as needed. It's also known as “coordinated care,” and Jay Brooke, president and chief executive of the High Plains Community Health Center, said meeting all of a patient's needs is what makes the medical-home approach unique.

State of Health

Strode: Colorado’s future health care system a ‘work in progress’

Advocacy Denver

As a recipient of the State Innovation Model grant, Colorado is playing a leading role determining how the future of health care might look. Focused on integrating care and payment innovations, the grant is one of many projects targeting health care in the state. In an interview with Catherine Strode, attorney Elisabeth Arenales of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy discusses where Colorado might be headed.

Columnist

Hudson: Chamber of Americas hears discussion about Trans-Pacific trade agreement

The Colorado Statesman

Last Thursday the Chamber of the Americas sponsored a luncheon tutorial to explain the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement at the Palm restaurant in Denver. Chamber director Gil Cisneros invited Tyler Rauert, a trade attorney with the Polaris Law Group in Longmont, to educate members on the TPP’s potential impacts on Colorado exporters. Rauert kicked off his remarks by pointing out that “there is absolutely nothing sexy about trade agreements.

Calhan's young mayor lands in deep end of disappearing water mystery

The Colorado Statesman

Nobody is quite sure what happened to the 2.5 million gallons of water that suddenly went missing in Calhan, but mayor Bryan Eurich is confident there’s a good explanation.

At 29, Eurich grew up in Calhan and has lived there almost all his life. As a result, he says, it’s hard for him to imagine how a thief could spirit that much water out of town without anybody paying heed.

Calhan, located 35 miles east of Colorado Springs, has a population of about 780 people.

Jeffco School Board recall backers turn in more than 100,000 signatures

The Colorado Statesman

Organizers behind an effort to oust three conservative Jefferson County school board members moved one step closer to their goal Tuesday as backers turned in thousands more signatures than are required to force a recall.

But whether an election will be held in November is another story.

At a rally outside the Jefferson County clerk’s Elections Division offices in Golden, organizers claimed to have collected 37,000 signatures for each board member they seek to recall, well above the 15,000 needed.

Town of Kassler supplied water for a thirsty, growing Denver

The Colorado Statesman

Kassler, Colorado. You’ve most likely never heard of it, even if you’ve lived here all your life.

Population: No one kept track exactly how many lived in this small community but, at its peak, probably no more than 40. It never had a mayor, a government, or even police or fire departments. It did have a one-room schoolhouse, where children carried in coal on cold winter mornings to heat the stove, and near the school was a cemetery.

State of Health

Colorado’s health co-op seeks just-right ‘Goldilocks’ zone

The Colorado Statesman

Amidst the marketplace turmoil generated by the Affordable Care Act, an entirely new entity was created in 23 states: a non-profit, member-owned health care co-op. Two of these have already closed their doors — one, covering Iowa and Nebraska, after undergoing bankruptcy and another, in Louisiana, in an orderly shutdown that will be completed by the end of the year. Several others are experiencing financial difficulties and their survival is in doubt. In Colorado, this non-profit insuror is the Colorado Health-OP, which covers 80,000 lives.

Wayposts

Romer honored with Fahrenkamp award, Cordero named VP at Metro Denver Chamber

Romer honored by CSG with Fahrenkamp award

Former Gov. Roy Romer was awarded the Bettye Fahrenkamp Award for Distinguished Legislative Leadership on behalf of Western States at the Council of State Governments West annual meeting in Vail this week.