Colorado government, businesses pair up to lower insurance costs

Next year, public employees throughout Colorado, as well as people who work for big businesses like Walmart and Comcast, may be part of a test to find out if it’s possible to lower health care costs without government intervention. State government, however, isn’t in the driver’s seat, unlike in the case of the recently passed drug-affordability board and the Colorado […]

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Colorado announces second $1 million winner in state’s COVID vaccine lottery – The Denver Post

The second winner of Colorado’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery got inoculated against the coronavirus with her whole family, but initially not everyone wanted to get the shots. Stephanie Ward won $1 million through the vaccination campaign to get more people protected against the coronavirus. She was vaccinated along with her husband and two children. “Ultimately, we decided the benefits outweighed any […]

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Colorado vaccine lottery: Sally Sliger, of Mead, is first $1 million winner

A health care worker from Weld County won the first $1 million drawing in Colorado’s vaccine lottery, and urged those who haven’t been immunized against COVID-19 to get the shot now. Sally Sliger, of Mead, said she got vaccinated in April so her family could get back to gathering for birthdays and other celebrations. Winning the lottery was a “surreal” […]

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Colorado removes restrictions on large gatherings, mask requirements

Planners of large indoor events will no longer need the state’s approval to host more than 500 people according to a public health order issued Monday by Colorado’s state health department. The amended order from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment goes into effect on Tuesday as transmission of COVID-19 and hospitalizations due to the disease level off. […]

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Colorado health leaders declare youth mental health “state of emergency”

Colorado health leaders sounded the alarm Tuesday over what they’re calling an unprecedented crisis among the state’s youth population, declaring for the first time a pediatric mental health “state of emergency.” Top-ranking representatives of Children’s Hospital Colorado as well as rural leaders convened a virtual roundtable, pleading for increased funding for mental health services in schools, hospitals, in-patient clinics and […]

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Colorado will allow COVID-19 vaccine providers to keep doses longer

Amid a push to get more Coloradans– especially teens and people under 30 — inoculated, the state health agency on Thursday relaxed strict rules governing the handling of COVID-19 vaccines by allowing providers to keep doses on hand for up to two weeks. Previously, providers had to administer vaccines within 72 hours or risk having their supply sent elsewhere as […]

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Colorado mask mandate ending as Polis shifts to recommendations, not requirements

Coloradans who are two weeks out from their final COVID-19 shot can take off their masks in nearly all settings, Gov. Jared Polis announced Friday afternoon. And people who aren’t vaccinated no longer must wear masks in public settings — but it’s recommended they still do, the governor said. “We are going from mask-wearing requirements to mask-wearing suggestions and guidance,” […]

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Colorado to follow CDC guidance that vaccinated people can stop wearing masks indoors in most settings

Colorado’s mask mandate is going to change in the near future to align with new federal guidance that says vaccinated people can safely go without masks in most indoor settings, a spokeswoman for Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday afternoon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that vaccinated people wear masks on public transportation, in hospitals and in […]

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Colorado behind only Michigan in new COVID-19 cases per capita, but recent decline offers hope

Colorado is one of the nation’s COVID-19 hotspots, but a recent decline in new cases offers some hope that the state may not stay near the top for long. As of Monday, Colorado averaged 29 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 people each day for the last two weeks, according to The New York Times’ COVID tracker. Only Michigan was higher, […]

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