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2021 a "landmark" year for health equity in Colorado

| Jun 25, 2021 | Colorado

In a legislative session filled with bold policy initiatives, progress on health equity was one of the Colorado Legislature’s most notable accomplishments, according to Colorado Health Institute (CHI) staff. Allie Morgan, director of legislative services at CHI, explained the “landmark” progress made during the session at a CHI webinar last...[ Read More ]

Five Blue Cross Blue Shield plans fund pharmacy solutions start up

Nicole Pasia | Jun 23, 2021 | California, Colorado

Incorporating evidence and outcomes-based models of care, a privately funded startup aims to improve medication costs in the pharmacy sector. Denver-based Evio received funding from five Blue Cross Blue Shield plans: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Shield of California, Highmark Inc., and...[ Read More ]

Colorado's new employer purchasing partnership will "fundamentally restructure" state's health industry

| Jun 16, 2021 | Colorado

Aiming to improve the value of health care for Colorado employees, the Colorado Purchasing Alliance (CPA), an affiliate of the Colorado Business Group on Health, is partnering with the national Purchaser Business Group for Health (PBGH) to negotiate health care contracts with select hospitals and providers in the state on...[ Read More ]

Development of Behavioral Health Administration underway in Colorado

| Jun 15, 2021 | Colorado

Following the passage of HB 1097, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is in the preliminary stages of developing its ambitious Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). Robert Werthwein, the director of the department’s Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), says a considerable amount of stakeholder engagement remains before CDHS finalizes an...[ Read More ]

Colorado receives $94 million federal funding boost for behavioral health services

| Jun 14, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) will receive more than $94 million in additional federal block grant funding to increase substance use and mental health services over the next four years as the state responds to higher demand brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  OBH...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Last minute bill movement, Q&A w/Patrick Gordon, Biden budget proposal

| Jun 9, 2021 | Colorado

This may be the calm before the storm. Thursday is the last published day on the US Supreme Court calendar to release opinions from its current term (though they have a few more weeks for orders). It's a term that saw a meaningful challenge to the ACA last November. It...[ Read More ]

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