Uninsured Coloradans

December 16, 2009

Uninsured Coloradans on Colorado Matters

More than 780,000 Coloradans lack health insurance. Governor Bill Ritter and state lawmakers say finding solutions is a priority this year.

In our continuing series examining Colorado health care, host Ryan Warner speaks with patients, employers, doctors, state lawmakers, policy experts, and representatives from the hospital and insurance industry about the barriers to coverage and potential solutions to the problem.

This special Colorado Matters series is produced by Andrea Dukakis. 

Assessing the Problem, Part 1
According to recent U.S. Census figures, 778,000 Coloradans are without health insurance. First, we hear from Amber Due and Ruth Ann Bohlen, two Coloradans who talk about going without health insurance. Then Ryan Warner hosts a panel discussion, with Pamela Hanes, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Institute, which recently published a report on the uninsured in Colorado; Carrie Curtiss, associate director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, which aims to ensure access to affordable health care for all Coloradans; and Kraig Burleson, CEO of the Inner City Health Center, a clinic in Denver that serves uninsured patients.
Originally aired: September 15, 2006

Assessing the Problem, Part 2
Ryan Warner continues the panel discussion, with Pamela Hanes, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Institute; Carrie Curtiss, associate director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative; and Kraig Burleson, CEO of the Inner City Health Center, a clinic in Denver that serves uninsured patients. 
Originally aired: September 15, 2006.

Study Shows Impact on Children
A new study confirms that children in Colorado without health insurance are more likely to become seriously ill, and even die, than children who are insured. Dr. Jim Todd, one of two Children’s Hospital physicians who conducted the research, discusses the findings with Ryan Warner. 
Originally aired: September 20, 2006.

Two CU Doctors Offer Their Perspective
As part of our ongoing series on the uninsured in Colorado, Ryan Warner speaks with Dr. Mark Earnest and Dr. John Sbarbaro from the University of Colorado about the challenges doctors face when treating uninsured patients. 
Originally aired: September 28, 2006.

Employers Discuss Healthcare
As part of our continuing series on the uninsured in Colorado, we hear from business owners, who say they struggle to afford and provide health insurance for their employees. Ryan Warner talks to Ed Cerkovnik, the owner of Breckenridge Brewery, a beer and restaurant company based in Denver, and Jim Noon, who owns Centennial Container. We also get perspective from Tony Gagliardi, Colorado director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. 
Originally aired: October 3, 2006.

The Insurance Industry Perspective
Our series on the uninsured in Colorado continues with perspective from the insurance industry. Donna Lynne is the Regional President for Kaiser Permanente in Colorado. Joe Hoffman is Vice President and General Manager at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado. Also with us is Jim Hertel, an industry analyst and publisher of the newsletter Colorado Managed Care. They talk to Ryan Warner. 
Originally aired: October 31, 2006.

Hospital Representatives Discuss Healthcare Costs
Our series on the uninsured in Colorado continues with a discussion about hospital healthcare costs. Maureen Tarrant is president and CEO of Skyridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, a for-profit Health One Hospital. Jackie Driscoll is vice president of Centura Health, a not-for-profit that operates 12 hospitals in Colorado. They talk to Ryan Warner.  
Originally aired: November 09, 2006.

Commission Looks to Other States for Possible Solutions
Colorado is embarking on an ambitious effort to expand healthcare coverage to the state's uninsured. A commission, created by the legislature, will spend 18 months looking for solutions. Members may well look to other states for ideas. Ryan Warner talks to Alan Weil, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy. Originally aired: November 16, 2006.

Uninsured Coloradans: Commission Seeks Solutions to Problem 
One in six Coloradans lacks health insurance. A new commission, created by the legislature, is charged with finding ways to improve that statistic. The group will send its recommendations to state lawmakers by the end of 2007. As part of our continuing series on the uninsured, Ryan Warner talks to three members of the commission: Barbara Yondorf, a health policy expert at the Rose Community Foundation; Elizabeth Arenales, a healthcare specialist with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy; and Bill Lindsay, who leads the employee benefit group at Lockton Companies of Colorado, a health insurance brokerage firm. Originally aired: December 1, 2006.

Lawmakers Push Healthcare Legislation
A new legislative session is now under way, and lawmakers say healthcare reform will be high on their agenda. Legislators plan to introduce several bills aimed at reducing healthcare costs and at boosting the number of Coloradans with health insurance. About 780,000 people in the state lack coverage. Ryan Warner talks to Democratic State Representative Anne McGihon of Denver, who chairs the House Health and Human Services Committee. Originally aired: January 11, 2007

 

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