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High Country, High Costs

Active lives, few providers push up med costs

April 6, 2017 — First of six parts. No, Colorado mountain resident, it's not just your imagination. You still are paying some of the highest health care costs in the nation. Despite — or perhaps because of — the region's love of hiking, skiing, bicycling and all things physical,

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Why health insurance can cost more than housing

April 6, 2017 — Second of six parts. Garfield County resident Heather McGregor simply can't afford health insurance anymore, although she had it most of her life. Working part-time at a nonprofit, her cost this year would be a bit more than $1,000 a month for a plan that

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Explaining why mountain health costs are higher

April 5, 2017 — Third of six parts. People in the mountain resort towns of Colorado are used to spending 10 percent or 15 percent more for gasoline, groceries and housing. But why 50 percent or 80 percent more for health care? Aren't we healthy? Aren't we responsible? They

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How Coloradans benefited from Obamacare

April 5, 2017 — Fourth of six parts. Sometimes Obamacare stories have happy endings, even in the mountain valleys of Colorado. And they are reminders of the potentially disastrous consequences of attempts to dismantle Obamacare, piecemeal or wholesale. Last year, Richard Backe of Glenwood Springs testified that health care

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Resort hospitals must staff for busy times

April 4, 2017 — Fifth of six parts. Hospital bills in the high country are higher than in metro Denver — but that's inevitable anywhere with a small population base, say hospital executives. The hospitals have to be big enough for the crush of ski season, when the number

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Valley View busy enough to justify expansion, says CEO

April 4, 2017 — Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs started off small but now offers specialty care unique to the region between metro Denver and Grand Junction or Salt Lake City. Brain surgery, spinal care, cardiology, a comprehensive cancer-care program, a unique robotics lab — Valley View offers

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Some find partial solutions to the high costs of health care

April 3, 2017 — Last of six parts. The arid garden of affordable health care has sprouted some promising blooms in Colorado's mountain valleys, thanks to innovation, generosity and cooperation. In Pitkin County, a five-way partnership covering 21 percent of the people in the county and emphasizing nutrition, weight

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Essex column: We confuse insurance costs with actual health-care costs

April 2, 2017 — In subway tunnels under downtown Rochester, Minnesota, leading from hotels to the Mayo Clinic, visitors can shop at stores that would fit comfortably in Aspen. The shops — and the clinics — cater to wealthy patients and their families, including oil-rich medical tourists. For them,

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Whiting column: A two-part, shared system for health care

April 1, 2017 — Maybe leopards can't change their spots. After the election, regardless of outcome, most were hopeful politicians realized we are fed up with partisan politics as the status quo. But no; every bill or potential solution is supported or opposed solely on the basis of whether

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