Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 1, 201712min818

State Sen. Owen Hill, a Colorado Springs Republican, plans to announce on Monday that he’s running for the 5th Congressional District seat held by six-term U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, The Colorado Statesman has learned. Long rumored as a potential candidate for state treasurer in next year’s election, Hill confirmed Saturday that he intends to notify supporters on Monday he’s jumping in the congressional race with an email announcement.


Sharon O'HaraSharon O'HaraMarch 21, 20174min373

A significant burden to patients — and to health care providers — is the common insurance-company practice of overriding a physician’s drug recommendation and requiring a patient to use, and fail on, a lower-cost drug before it will authorize use of the more expensive, physician-preferred, drug. Known as “step therapy” – or more commonly among professionals “fail first” – this practice creates unwarranted suffering for patients and untold frustration for physicians.

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 14, 20172min235

There’s a bill for that. The bipartisan Senate Bill 88 would require a health plan to give notice whenever it bumps a physician or other health care provider out of its network of covered providers. Among its other provisions, the measure also would require health plans to develop and disclose criteria they use to include, exclude and dump doctors and other providers from their networks.

SB 88 — sponsored in the upper chamber by state Sens. Angela Williams, D-Denver, and Chris Holbert, R-Parker —  just passed the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee on a 5-2 vote and now heads to the Appropriations Committee.

Here’s a press statement released on the bill by the Senate GOP:

SB-88…will help improve health network transparency by requiring that certain networks offer notice as to how and why such changes are made. At present, most patients and doctors impacted by such “de-selection” decisions are left completely in the dark.

“We believe that patients and care providers who are forced to part ways when a health network narrows are at least owed advance notification of those changes from the insurer, along with an explanation of why such changes are necessary,” said Holbert. “Because as it stands now, the lack of answers when a network narrows or a doctor is de-selected from such a network just adds insult to injury for the patients and care providers involved.”


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 12, 20164min270

Internationally prominent physician, activist - and clown - Dr. Patch Adams said he wants to see huge corporate health insurance companies go out of business, and believes the ColoradoCare statewide health care program before Colorado voters next month is a step in that direction. Adams spoke Wednesday, Oct. 12, at a Denver news conference to highlight the medical community's support of Amendment 69 on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.


Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 10, 20166min332

Can the business community count on Congress to fix our ridiculously complex and expensive health insurance system if we give it more time? Is there a viable alternative coming from the American Medical Association or the Chamber of Commerce? No. Major social change always starts at the grassroots level. That is why the states must take the lead on health care reform. Medicare, the system that covers all seniors age 65 and older, is simple, affordable, and comprehensive. Colorado can use the same approach for everyone under age 65 if we approve ColoradoCare, Amendment 69, this November.