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February 9, 2011

Examining the Notion of Health Insurance Exchanges

State lawmakers will get their first chance this week to shape the federal health care law for Colorado. The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up new “health insurance exchanges.” Exchanges are new marketplaces where coverage will be very cheap for people who don’t make much money. That’s what many in health care are hoping, anyway. This week legislative work begins on Colorado’s health insurance exchange. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney has more.

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Filed under: Business,Colorado,Eric Whitney,Health,KRCC News — andrea @ 5:44 pm

January 27, 2011

Finalizing Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Rules

Colorado’s new rules for medical marijuana dispensaries are being called groundbreaking. They’re the nation’s most extensive for commercial sale of the drug. Regulators aim to track it from when the pot is planted to when a patient takes it. Hearings have been scheduled for today and tomorrow. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney says, at this point, the regulators seem to be the only ones who really like the new rules.

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Filed under: Eric Whitney,Health,KRCC News — andrea @ 5:45 pm

January 26, 2011

Hospital Infection Rates, Part 2

Yesterday morning we heard about newly-released statistics on infections in Colorado’s hospitals. Today, KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney looks at what can be done to reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections in Colorado.

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Filed under: Eric Whitney,Health — andrea @ 7:33 am

January 25, 2011

Looking into Hospital Infection Rates, Part 1

Every year tens of thousands of Coloradans who go to the hospital to get healed actually get sicker. They get infections as a result of their medical care. An unknown number of those people die. Hospitals don’t have to make their infection rates public, except for a handful of procedures. The state health department publishes an annual report with that information, in part to help consumers pick the safest hospitals. This year’s report has just been released, and KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney got some expert help deciphering it. In the first of two stories on hospital infections, he found that consumers would be hard pressed to get a clear picture of hospital safety from the state’s infection report alone.

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Filed under: Eric Whitney,Health — andrea @ 8:50 am

January 5, 2011

Flipping School Lunches with Recess

There’s generally less junk food available in schools these days. Vending machines offer healthier snacks, and lunchrooms are being encouraged to cook more nutritious meals. But research is showing that getting kids to eat healthier at school isn’t just about what they eat, but when. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney has more.

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Filed under: Children & Youth,Education,Eric Whitney,Health — andrea @ 5:44 pm

October 27, 2010

Voting on Medical Marijuana

There’s a pretty good chance that a local ballot in Colorado this year has a question about banning medical marijuana dispensaries on it. More than 40 cities, towns and counties are asking voters to forbid or otherwise regulate marijuana-related businesses. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney surveys the election landscape.

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Filed under: Business,Elections,Eric Whitney,Health,KRCC News — andrea @ 5:45 pm

October 13, 2010

Colorado’s AG Race

Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers joined a lawsuit last spring against the Obama Administration’s Health Care Plan, saying the federal government can not force people to buy health insurance. That move prompted Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett to launch a bid for Suthers’job. He’s facing an uphill battle. Suthers’ long career in public office means he’s has great name recognition, and he’s raised more than twice as much money as Garnett. Now, Garnett is attacking Suthers in a new TV ad. From KCFR in Denver, Eric Whitney has more on the race for attorney general.

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Filed under: Elections,Eric Whitney,KRCC News,Legal Affairs,Politics — andrea @ 5:44 pm

October 5, 2010

Biotech Venture Showcase

Colorado’s biotechnology industry is taking on some of the world’s most difficult problems, things like pandemic flu, water pollution, and the spread of drug-resistant bacteria. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney has this story about some of Colorado’s brightest biotech stars.

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Filed under: Business,Eric Whitney,Health,KRCC News — andrea @ 5:44 pm

September 13, 2010

Colorado Medical Professionals Discuss New Law

About half of Colorado’s doctors think the new federal health reform law – the Affordable Care Act – will make health care worse, not better. Only about a third say the law will improve health care, and the rest call it a mixed bag or aren’t sure. That’s according to a recent survey of the state’s largest physicians organization, the 7,300-member Colorado Medical Society. The Society met recently in Vail, and the Affordable Care Act was its central focus. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney has more.

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Filed under: Eric Whitney,Health,KRCC News — andrea @ 5:44 pm

May 27, 2010

Small Businesses and Health Care

It’s estimated that more than 140,000 small businesses in Colorado are eligible for new federal help with health care costs this year. That’s thanks to the health reform bill President Obama signed in March. There’s plenty of confusion about how the law will play out and many businesses that might benefit actually think it will hurt them. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney has more.

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