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5 Things Colorado: Health billing legislation, Q&A w/ Morgan Medlock, Support for older Coloradans

| May 10, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Legislature is set to adjourn on Wednesday after a busy session largely focused on the development of the Behavioral Health Administration, health care support for older Coloradans, and health care billing and payment reform. See our coverage of some of this legislation, as well as an insightful conversation with...[ Read More ]

Colorado passes harsher penalties for fentanyl possession and distribution

| May 10, 2022 | Colorado

House Bill 1326 passed Third Reading in the Colorado Senate on Friday by a final vote of 24-8. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for final vote on Senate amendments before making its way to the governor’s desk.      The bill would make possession of fentanyl...[ Read More ]

Colorado's record budget focuses on pandemic recovery

| May 6, 2022 | Colorado

Governor Jared Polis approved the legislature’s historic $36.4 billion state budget on April 25th. The budget appropriates $17.6 billion in total funds to health care related spending for the coming fiscal year.  Health care has been a key focus for lawmakers as officials address the lingering effects of the pandemic...[ Read More ]

Colorado poised to pass bill requiring hospital price transparency for medical debt collection

| May 4, 2022 | Colorado

House Bill 1285 unanimously passed Third Reading in the Senate on Tuesday, positioning the bill to be signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis. The bill would prohibit a hospital from pursuing collection actions against a patient for medical services if the hospital is not in compliance with federal hospital...[ Read More ]

Colorado advances legislation to support disabled individuals

| May 3, 2022 | Colorado

Two companion bills, House Bills 1031 and 1290, which support wheelchair users, are expected to become law soon. Both pieces of legislation come as wheelchair users throughout Colorado are struggling with resolving mechanical issues in a timely manner due to a lack of support systems.     HB 1031, which...[ Read More ]

Physicians are uneasy as Colorado collects providers’ diversity data

| Apr 28, 2022 | Colorado

Originally published on April 25, 2022.  Shaunti Meyer, a certified nurse-midwife and medical director at STRIDE Community Health Center in Colorado, doesn’t usually disclose her sexual orientation to patients. But at times it feels appropriate. After telling a transgender patient that she is a lesbian, Meyer learned the woman had...[ Read More ]