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On-Average 27 Percent Hike in Individual Health Premiums for 2018

The Colorado Division of Insurance has approved both the individual and small group health insurance plans for 2018.   The increase for individual-market health insurance premiums will be on- average 26.7 percent in 2018.   Actual approved  percentage changes by insurer range from an approved low of 11.5 percent for Rocky Mountain HMO, to an approved […]

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All On-exchange Carriers to Offer Individual Plans in 2018

The Colorado Division of Insurance reports that each of the on-exchange carriers in 2017 will again offer individual plans in 2018.  Additionally, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado has agreed to offer statewide plans in 2018, relieving the concern that some of the 14 at-risk counties would not have an on-exchange option for […]

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Governors Hickenlooper & Kasich Close to Unveiling Bipartisan Health Plan

In advance of Congressional hearings in Washington, D.C. on substantive changes to the ACA,  Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will present a bipartisan Health Care Plan for consideration.  The two Governors co-wrote an editorial that appeared in The Washington Post in  June outlining a set of principals intended to stabilize the […]

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New West Physicians Acquired by UnitedHealth Group

In June, Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, acquired New West Physicians, one of metro-Denver’s largest physician practices with 120 health-care providers.   Optum is the innovation arm of UnitedHealth Group and has been purchasing primary-care group practices around the country for the past six years.  It functions independently from UnitedHealth’s insurance company. The acquisition will […]

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Best Hospitals within Colorado According to the U.S. News Survey

The U.S. News & World Report national hospital survey also ranks hospitals within each state based on the number of national specialty rankings and merit rankings by procedures/conditions in which each has excelled.  The top twelve Colorado Hospitals in order by number of ranked and high performing specialties are: University of Colorado Hospital   Aurora – […]

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Colorado Hospitals Among Nation’s Best in U.S. News & World Report Survey

The University of Colorado Hospital has been ranked #15 in the nation in this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Ranking”.   University of Colorado Hospital was nationally ranked in 11 specialties.  This is a five slot improvement from last year when it was ranked as #20 in the nation and is […]

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Denver City Council To Decide on Bond Package for November Ballot

In mid-August, Denver City Council will determine if the currently proposed $937 million bond package will be on the November ballot and also what projects will be up for voter approval. The omnibus package contains projects in transportation, parks and recreation, cultural facilities, public safety, and public facilities.  $75 million would be used to cover […]

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Senate “Repeal-and-Delay” Vote – Dead in the Water

Majority Leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, was dealt another blow earlier in the week when his alternative to “Better Care Reconciliation Act”, a “repeal-and-delay” vote could not mustard the votes needed for passage. On Tuesday, July 18, three moderate Republicans, Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (W.V.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) announced that they could […]

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Commission on Affordable Health Care Releases Report

On June 30, the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care released its third annual report to policymakers.  The Commission recommends that to keep healthcare costs down in the state, state officials will need to provide “extraordinary public leadership”. This final report found that health care spending in Colorado has outpaced spending increases for the rest […]

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Summer State-of-the-State…Thanks to All Who Joined Us

“UNDER THE DOME – A Health Reform Update” Thank you to all who joined us on Tuesday at the Summer State-of-the-State.  The panel recapped major legislation at the state level, current happenings in the healthcare marketplace and speculated on what the federal government might do to impact Colorado’s health care community.  The stakeholders on the […]

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