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Colorado State Rep. Lois Landgraf on Access to Respite Care

Colorado State Rep. Lois Landgraf discuss the importance of  creating access to affordable respite care across Colorado. She says respite care saves money, improves health and maintains dignity for patients. Landgraf sponsored a bill appointing a task force to review the issue and...

Childhood Health Coverage In Colorado Slightly Improving

Northern Colorado community radio station KUNC reports that the number of children living in poverty in Colorado has gone down for the second year in a row, and health insurance coverage for the state’s younger residents is the highest it’s ever been. According to federal...

Colorado’s Safety Net Clinic Week Highlights Access to Care

Colorado’s Safety Net Clinic Week kicks off today.  Public officials and community leaders are getting a firsthand look at Colorado’s community safety net clinics (CSNCs) and federally certified rural health clinics (RHCs) in celebration of the 6th annual event, August 17...

Clinic Founder On Colorado Community-based Health Care

Jim García founded Clinica Tepeyac 23 years ago. As a community-based health care center, it provides primary and behavioral health care, and health education to Metro Denver’s medically underserved, predominantly Latino population. Many patients are undocumented. The clinic’s...

Health Care Access Solutions in Rural Colorado

Colorado’s rural and frontier counties face important health care access and coverage issues, as well as health care professional shortages. Sara Leahy, Workforce and Clinic Program Manager at Colorado Rural Health Care Center, discusses some of potential ways to increase the number...

Health Care Cost Comparisons: Can Colorado’s Rural Communities Rely On It?

The Colorado All Payer Claims Database is a brilliant tool: a database that shows the side-by-side average cost of health procedures at different hospitals, and lets consumers (i.e. patients) become educated on the cost of their care and make choices based on price. It’s like...

Can Rural Hospitals in Colorado Stand Alone?

Recently, at the annual Forum sponsored by the Colorado Rural Health Center, we were fortunate to hear from Michael King, attorney and Chair of Transactional Health Care Group at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. King had a thought-provoking and startling assertion on...

Offering Health Care Access for Aurora and Urban Communities

Doctors can treat a patient’s physical problems, but when it comes to what ails many patients, money, the cure is elusive. Even if the only help a patient needs is a bus pass, or stable housing or a few job skills — there’s no prescription to make it happen, even though those...

Rural Hospitals Closing Doors, Hampering Care

Guest commentary in the The Denver Post, “Rural Hospital Closures are a Clear Danger“: Almost 50 rural hospitals have closed their doors since the beginning of 2010, with over half of those closures occurring in the past two years alone, leaving more Americans to trek long...

First Hand: Colorado Rural Health Care Challenges

Shantel Tubbs, clinical manager at Pediatric Associates in Montrose, discusses health care access challenges in her community. The clinic serves most of the mountain communities in the area. She knows first-hand how hard it is to get quality care in rural, mountain communities. Share...