Last week, the Colorado State Senate passed an important bill on a bipartisan vote to help uninsured Coloradans who might get stuck with unwieldy hospital bills. Senate Bill 50 (SB50) clears up the law on financial assistance for uninsured patients who get necessary care at a Colorado hospital.
For the past 5 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have partnered to produce the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program. The goal of the program is to collect and use data pertaining to health outcomes and health factors to grow and build healthy communities.
My family was one of the first Hispanic families to come to the San Luis Valley in the 1860’s. Since then, we have continued to farm in the same area as our ancestors.
When I first told my dad I wanted to farm and continue our family legacy, he looked at me like I had lost my mind. Despite his misgivings, I returned from college, excited and ready to try our new sustainable farming experiments. But the one thing about trying to make money off the farm is that you need money to make money, and I was having a hard time getting by.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding the cases brought by craft store Hobby Lobby and kitchen cabinet manufacturer Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation against the Department of Health and Human Services. The two companies are arguing that they should not be mandated to provide certain contraceptives to their employees because doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs.
In March of last year, Colorado’s Division of Insurance issued a bulletin stating that state anti-discrimination laws extend to people with transgender status in regards to healthcare. This means that insurance carriers may not charge higher rates to people based on transgender status, they may not consider transgender status a pre-existing condition, nor can they deny, exclude, or limit coverage for any me
In 2012, over one in four families experienced financial burdens from medical care in the United States. One in ten families had medical bills that they were unable to pay at all. This means that families are forced to forgo basic needs such as heating bills, rent, visiting doctors, or filling prescriptions. Medical debt negatively afflicts families and individuals in every walk of life.