Social Determinants of Health
Jul 23, 2013
“Why now?” asked Ned Calonge, president and CEO of The Colorado Trust and facilitator for Thursday’s second Health Equity Learning Series event.  “Because we should be fed up.” Sponsored by San Luis Valley Health, Get Healthy SLV, Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., Rio Grande County Public Health...
Gena Akers Explains the Affordable Care Act
Jul 7, 2013
Gena Akers, Project Coordinator, explains the ACA and how the health insurance marketplace will benefit Coloradans. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ACA, was signed into law on March 23, 2010 in an effort to improve the health of Americans.  Since then, there has been a lot of...
New Way to Shop for Insurance
Jun 25, 2013
Click here to learn more about Connect for Health Colorado, CO's new health benefit marketplace. Don’t understand or not satisfied with your current health insurance plan?  You are not alone.  According to a 2010 study by The Colorado Trust, 14% of San Luis Valley residents are underinsured,...
Do You Understand Your Insurance Plan?
Jun 10, 2013
Are you satisfied with and understand your current health insurance plan?  If you’re like many Coloradans, you may actually spend more time thinking about what flavors you want in your Starbucks coffee than what services and procedures your insurance plan covers. It’s time for a change.  Whether...
"Connect for Health CO" is New Insurance Exchange
May 14, 2013
Starting this week, the Colorado's health insurance exchange has a new name and website - "Connect for Health Colorado" and www.connectforhealthco.org. The website is designed to help people understand how the new exchange will work, how it affects different populations and to answer questions...
Rising Healthcare Costs Addressed Locally
Feb 12, 2013
Rising health care costs.  What do those words stir up for you emotionally?  Fear?  Confusion?  Anxiety?  Helplessness?  If any of those feelings resonate, you’ll find good company with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). What is Happening to Your Wallet? In 2012, RWJF, a grant making...
Is This Your Ideal World?
Jan 27, 2013
High school isn’t the place where world or even our own country’s problems are the main topic in the hallways. Sometimes I think back and wonder why my teachers always told me that they were going to prepare me for the outside world but failed to explain crucial problems in our society. For example...
Medicaid Expansion Explained
Jan 15, 2013
In the Valley, we know that prevention and access to health care services is essential for healthy communities.  Now it’s clear that the state government agrees.  On January 3rd, Governor John Hickenlooper announced plans to expand Medicaid for individuals with annual incomes less than $30,657 for...
Choice of Insurance Could Save Your Life
Dec 21, 2012
by Ann Imse, Colorado Public News Coloradans can now add another factor to choosing health insurance plans besides cost alone: Which one will do a better job of keeping them healthy? Prevention Matters Ratings are now available that will let customers know how different insurance plans stack up...
Two Health Care Successes in CO
Nov 9, 2012
In Colorado, it’s our history books that reflect a bright and healthy future.  That’s because as a state we’ve worked hard to solve our own problems.  Before federal health care reform was passed, two initiatives highlighted Colorado’s commitment to thinking innovatively about health care. In 2008...

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