In Aspen, health care hard to find for poor

Aspen, Colo., with Aspen Mountain in background
<p>(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)</p>
<p>A cyclist rides down Main Street in Aspen, Colo.</p>
Photo: Main Street in Aspen (AP Photo)
A cyclist rides down Main Street in Aspen, Colo.

Members of the Roaring Fork Valley's health care community told the county's board of health few physicians in the Aspen area will accept public insurance.

Pitkin County public health director Liz Stark says low-income and Medicare-eligible residents are having trouble accessing health care locally, and many have to drive as far as Rifle, which is 70 miles away.

According to the Aspen Daily News, Pitkin County Commissioner George Newman seemed surprised by the numbers. He noted that even with all of the affluent people, many people are still below the poverty level.