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High Country, High Costs

Series: High-country residents find partial solutions to health-care costs

April 7, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the last story in a six-part series on health care costs in the Colorado mountains. The arid garden of affordable health care has sprouted some promising blooms in Colorado's mountain valleys thanks to innovation, generosity and cooperation. In Pitkin County, a

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Aspen Valley Hospital not trying to be like big city hospitals

April 5, 2017 — Aspen Valley Hospital is required to keep on hand enough cash that it could continue to operate for 180 days even if it never collected a single bill in that time, hospital CEO Dave Ressler said. Over the past decade, Aspen Valley has expanded its

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Series: Colorado’s mountain hospitals have higher net income margins

April 5, 2017 — Hospital bills in the Colorado high country are higher than in metro Denver — but that’s inevitable anywhere there is a small population base, say hospital executives.

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Series: A look at how Coloradans in the mountain benefit from Obamacare

April 5, 2017 — Editor's note: This story is the fourth in a six-part series on health care costs in the Colorado mountains. Sometimes, Obamacare stories have happy endings, even in the mountain valleys of Colorado. And they are reminders of the potentially disastrous consequences of attempts to dismantle

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Series: State commission taking “deep dive” into health care costs in mountains

April 4, 2017 — Editor's note: This story is the third in a six-part series on health care costs in the Colorado mountains. People in the mountain resort towns of Colorado are used to spending as much as 15 percent more for gasoline, groceries and housing. But why 50 percent

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Series: How health insurance can cost more than housing

April 3, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the second story in a six-part series on health care costs in the Colorado mountains. Garfield County resident Heather McGregor simply can't afford health insurance anymore, although she had it most of her life. Working part time at a nonprofit, her

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Series: Active lives, few providers push up med costs on Western Slope

April 2, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the first article in a six-part series on health care costs in the Colorado mountains. No, Colorado mountain resident, it's not just your imagination. You still are paying some of the highest health care costs in the nation. Despite — or

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