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Coloradans starting to see benefit of Health Care Reform

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the Affordable Care Act provided approximately 973,000 Colorado residents with at least one new free preventive service in 2011 through their private health insurance plans.

Hickenlooper signs Health Exchange bill

Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange bill into law. One of the more controversial bills to make it through both chambers this year, the bill enables Colorado to become one of the first states with its own health care exchange.

Colorado Health Dept releases consumer report on hospital-acquired infections

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released its annual report on health-facility-acquired infections Friday. A law requiring the reports was passed by the legislature in 2006. The report should be essential reading for anyone considering elective surgery and looking to determine which hospitals have the best records against patient infection.

Mixed-bag Anthem settlement and Obamacare funds put insurers on notice

Although a large portion of the $20 million that health insurance giant Anthem Wellpoint agreed to pay Colorado policyholders will simply funnel back to Anthem, the settlement and the new $1 million that Colorado insurance industry regulators will receive this year through the new health reform legislation sends a strong message to insurers to deal fairly in the state, according to consumer advocates and commissioners at the state's regulatory Division of Insurance.

Stimulus funding key to extending Colorado COBRA coverage

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative is warning that unless Congress acts this week to extend unemployment health care coverage, or COBRA benefits, as part of...

No relief yet for consumers suffering double-digit WellPoint rate hike

Consumers were shocked when insurance giant WellPoint hiked rates in Colorado this year on its Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield individual-market policies by more than 20 percent. More shocking, perhaps, is that those rates may be perfectly in line, given the way medical prices are rising, according to consumer advocates. State regulators say Coloradans won't learn whether the rates were fair or not, much less win relief, for months or longer.