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UCHealth ER Partner Files for Bankruptcy Protection

On April 19, Lewisville, Texas-based Adeptus Health, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection in Dallas.  Adeptus, the nation’s largest freestanding emergency room operator, sought protection while it negotiates a financial restructuring plan with New York-based hedge fund Deerfield Management Co.   Joint venture contracts that Adeptus holds, including its partnership with UCHealth, are not […]

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Bill to Fund Rural Colorado Passes First Hurdle

Senate Bill 267,  the Sustainability of Rural Colorado proposed legislation has passed out of the Senate Finance Committee with a 4-1 vote in favor of further review.  The bill is co-sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) and Minority Leader Licia Guzman (D-Denver). The bill is intended to restore funding for hospitals scheduled […]

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Series: Health and Its Costs in the Mountains of Colorado

William Scanlon of Colorado Mountain News Media has written a six part series on the unique environment that surrounds health,  health care, and health care costs for Coloradans living in the mountains and on the western slope.  These communities pay on average some of the highest prices for their health care in the nation. The […]

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Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved – New Name, Same Mission

The Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved has announced a name change that better fits its place in Colorado healthcare.  The new name is “Center for Health Progress”. The change reflects the organization’s mission to be more inclusive of all Coloradans.   By way of explanation, the Center states: “Our new name, “Center for Health Progress”, […]

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Affordable Care Act – Revised

House Republicans revealed on Monday, March 6, their long awaited replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill is titled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and at 70 pages is significantly smaller than its predecessor. As originally presented before committee review, highlights include: the repeal of  individual mandates; employer mandates; and subsidies for […]

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Rocky Mountain Health Plans & UnitedHealthcare – Unite

Eight months after first announced, the merger between UnitedHealthcare and Grand Junction-based Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) was officially sealed on March 2, 2017.    UnitedHealthcare will pay $36 million for RMHP.    As a nonprofit at the time of sale, proceeds will be funneled to Rocky Mountain Health Plans Foundation to support its missions. The merger […]

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United Gets O.K. to Proceed with RMHP Acquisition

Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar has signed off on the sale of Grand Junction-based Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) to UnitedHealthcare.  Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has also given her legal approval to the merger.  It is anticipated that the merger will allow RMHP to operate as its own brand, and maintain current contracts with […]

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Anthem/Cigna Merger Blocked. Cigna Seeks Damages/Anthem Counters.

Anthem seeks a restraining order against Cigna in the aftermath of its failed merger deal with the insurer.  Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled to block the $48 billion merger of the two health insurers on antitrust grounds.  In advance of the ruling, Anthem extended the merger agreement with Cigna to […]

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Aetna/Humana Merger Blocked

U.S. Federal District Judge John Bates has blocked the merger of Aetna and Humana on antitrust grounds.  The Judge ruled that the Department of Justice had proven its case that the merger would adversely impact competition particularly in the Medicare Advantage market.  If completed, the merger would have created the largest U.S. seller of private […]

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Lockton Releases “2017 Colorado Employer Benefits Survey Report”

The Lockton Mountain West Benefit Group released its 16th annual Colorado employer survey on December 29, 2016.  The company requested  280 employers from across the State to provide information on their employee benefit offerings for 2017.  The survey results represent a cross section of the Colorado market. The survey findings revealed that:  1.  Colorado outpaces […]

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