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Neville and Neville: Repeal and replace plan falls short

Patrick Neville

Among the most promising things about the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, in conjunction with a Republican-controlled Congress, was the long-awaited realization of the repeal of Obamacare — the expensive government takeover of health care that was President Obama’s signal “achievement” — which drove up health insurance premiums and deductibles, priced millions out […]

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O’Hara: Reform flawed “step therapy” to put patients first

Sharon O'Hara

A significant burden to patients — and to health care providers — is the common insurance-company practice of overriding a physician’s drug recommendation and requiring a patient to use, and fail on, a lower-cost drug before it will authorize use of the more expensive, physician-preferred, drug. Known as “step therapy” – or more commonly among […]

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ICYMI: Ezzard comes home, CO middle of the road on taxes, first end-of-life patient dies

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Here’s a whatever-happened-to update: If you remember Martha Ezzard from her time as a Colorado legislator, you should probably check out the story in the Denver Business Journal. A couple of decades ago, Ezzard and her husband, Dr. John Ezzard, moved to Georgia to run an Ezzard family farm. They turned it into a pretty […]

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Guzman: A solution for our rural hospitals

Sen. Lucia Guzman

Delta. Montrose. Lincoln. Teller. Fremont. Las Animas. Morgan. Garfield. These are a handful of counties in rural Colorado that are home to hospitals. Hospitals that not only provide access to life-saving health care for residents, but are most likely the area’s largest employer. These hospitals are typically smaller than their urban counterparts, but they are […]

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Noonan: Charter vs. School District money fights result from public education underfunding

Paula Noonan
Public school funding advocates are reduced to fighting over scraps lately, with two bills attempting to “equalize” school finance from different directions. The big picture is that the state Legislature, since the Great Recession, hasn’t come up with any solution to public school underfunding.

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ICYMI: She’s back!, we have hate groups and daylight savings to stay?

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In Case You Missed It: Read our weekly political news recap on the lesser known topics you may have missed last week in Colorado political journalism. Last week: It’s always interesting — sometimes pretty fun, too — when someone takes is upon themselves to act as a citizen watchdog. One of the more well-known such […]

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Did a misinformation campaign kill this year’s liquor licensing cleanup compromise?

A bartender pours a brew. An legislative effort in the Colorado Legislature to clean up a historic liquor licensing compromise bill passed in 2016 died a dramatic and surprise death in the state Senate Monday, and many lobbyists who were the original architects of last year's compromise are crying foul, saying there was a subversive misinformation campaign being run by a fellow lobbyist. (Bruce Ely /The Oregonian via AP, File)

A legislative effort to clean up last year’s hard-fought and widely bipartisan liquor licensing reform compromise died a surprise and dramatic death in the state Senate Monday. According to proponents, Senate Bill 143’s demise by a narrow 18-17 vote was almost entirely due to misleading information, flat out lies and a convolution of the process […]

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