Rocky Mountain PBS I News report pegs annual cost of untreated mental illness in state at $5.4 billion.
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The Colorado Insurance Commissioner's plan to group resorts with other counties will have to go to White House.
New plan would eliminate a mountainous zone dubbed the "Resort" region and four mountain counties would join other rural areas in western Colorado.
Proposal could lower rates for resorts, but raise them for others.
Authorities crack down on illegal synthetic drugs that killed one person in Colorado last year and sent more than 220 to emergency rooms.
By the time HB 1288 received its final vote last week, one key component was gone. But what remains in the bill is still enough to cause controversy.
At least two recent deaths are believed to be linked to edibles, and several doctors say they're seeing more people being admitted after eating marijuana.
The cost to set up Connect for Health was paid almost entirely by federal grants. Those grants run out next year.