Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 16, 20174min1210

On behalf of the Colorado Nonprofit Association, I want to share that the Colorado Nonprofit Association board of directors has officially stated its opposition to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (H.R. 1) now pending in Congress. Our board’s official statement can be found here: https://www.coloradononprofits.org/news/colorado-nonprofit-association-opposes-house-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act/nov-13-2017


Tom RamstackOctober 12, 20176min288
WASHINGTON — Colorado U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette argued in favor of a discount drug pricing plan Wednesday while the president tries to overturn much of the previous administration’s health care program. President Trump said he would sign executive orders as soon as this week to eliminate some Affordable Care Act insurance rules. The 340B drug […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 19, 20175min2480

More Coloradans than ever have health insurance, according to a massive biennial survey released Tuesday, although the state continues to see lower rates of coverage outside the Denver metro area. The Colorado Health Access Survey found the number of state residents without health insurance dipped slightly to 6.5 percent from 6.7 percent in 2015 — the first year the survey reflected full implementation of the Affordable Care Act — and that consistency could be the big news in this year’s survey, its sponsors say.


Joey BunchJoey BunchJune 12, 20173min910

Colorado Politics has been telling you for some time about the good things the state has been doing to curb its soaring opioid drug abuse problem, but news out of Pueblo sounds like a setback. The Pueblo Chieftain has been all over the story about the closing, “at least temporarily,” of a state program that treats people with mental illness and drug addiction.

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo must shutter its Circle Program after a dire warning of “immediate jeopardy” from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, brought on by staffing shortages. Ten patients now in the 90-day residential program are being transferred to other sources for the help they need.

The Chieftain reports that Rep. Daneya Esgar and Sens. Larry Crowder and Leroy Garcia are out to get to the bottom of the problems. The state psychiatric hospital is an important part of Pueblo since 1879, employing more than 1,200 people for the 449-bed hospital on a 300-acre campus.

The Colorado Department of Human Services told reporters Friday it has a plan centered on patient care that will raise staffing levels, but if it doesn’t get those steps in place by June 28, the federal agency will terminate the program’s Medicare agreement.

DHS conceded that the state mental hospital has been struggling with a serious staffing shortage for some time. The efforts to address that quickly include mandatory overtime, changes to work schedules, speeding up hiring and freezing new annual leave requests, according to the agency.

The hospital has fallen short on providing require one-on-one time with patients and sometimes didn’t have enough staff to run all their group sessions, either, DHS said.

“High quality patient care is our top priority. We take staffing levels at our mental health institutes very, very seriously,” Dr. Kim Nordstrom, medical director of DHS’s Office of Behavioral Health, which oversees the hospital, said in a statement. “There are many variables at work in the staffing shortage. The plan we have put in place will address the challenges identified by CMS. We are very grateful to our dedicated staff and we have all hands on deck.”


John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 25, 201716min1020

Kevin Grantham sat deep in his chair, his left foot, shod in a large cowboy boot, resting on his right knee, the Capitol press corps arrayed in front of him brought by text messages sent out near 10:00 p.m. the night before. It was Thursday morning, just two-and-a-half weeks ahead of the end of the legislative session, and the state Senate president was explaining that three members of his Republican caucus planned in committee the following week to kill the legislative centerpiece transportation bill he had sponsored with Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran, that there was little he could do about it, and that another Republican legislative centerpiece — a bill that would balance the session’s lopsided budget — was on life support.