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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Employers of seasonal or part-time workers not eligible for employee-based health coverage have another option through Mountain Family Health Centers. (Visit Lakeland/Flickr)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – Employers in expensive mountain communities now have another option for keeping workers well at competitive prices. Mountain Family Health Centers Health Solutions allows workers to access primary medical, dental and behavioral health care with no co-pays and no ded

A new report suggests pooling resources for expensive high-tech services, such as heart surgery, could improve performance and reduce costs. (AndyG/Flickr)

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Commercial insurance plans pay Colorado hospitals, on average, almost three times what Medicare pays for the same care. A hospital in Fort Morgan charges nearly eight times more than Medicare reimbursements. That's according to a new Hospital Value report on pricing and perfo

A 2018 survey of 1,800 Coloradans found LGBT Coloradans experience increased rates of stress compared with the general population. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents face unfair and avoidable challenges when it comes to financial stability, housing, mental health and substance use issues, according to a new issue brief from the Colorado Health Foundation. Rita Lee, an associate professo

The next stakeholder meeting on creating a public health-insurance option is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 13 at the Division of Insurance, 1560 Broadway, Denver. (Nick Youngson/Alpha Stock Images)

DENVER – Colorado's efforts to create a public health insurance option that would compete against private insurers is off and running. Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation in May that directs state agencies to develop and recommend a plan by November of this year, and are holding stakeholder

Colorado ranks in the top five

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis signed House Bill 1210 into law this week, repealing a 1999 prohibition against local governments creating their own minimum wages. Chris Stiffler, an economist with the Colorado Fiscal Institute, says the measure opens the door for counties and cities to address si

A recent poll found that 60% of likely Colorado voters support a Green New Deal, which could include creating a new national network of high-speed rail. (Encino/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - A series of community forums in Colorado and across the nation is taking the recent proposal for a Green New Deal seriously, and an event scheduled for Friday in Denver will tackle potential strategies for moving government leaders to action. Climate change is the defining issue of our tim

Colorado workers could be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid family leave to care for a newborn child, if lawmakers approve SB 19-188. (Maxpixel)

DENVER — A proposal making its way through the state Legislature would create a statewide insurance pool to allow nearly all workers to be with family when health issues arise. Kathy White, deputy director at the Colorado Fiscal Institute, said the vast majority of Coloradans currently do no

Under current law, SNAP beneficiaries aged 18-49 not raising children cannot receive benefits for more than three months in a three-year period unless they are employed or are enrolled in a job-training program. (Maxpixel)

DENVER — The Trump administration's proposal to expand work requirements for SNAP benefits - the program formerly known as food stamps - is meant to get more people back into the workforce. But critics argue there’s a far better approach. Kate Kasper, director of public policy at Hunger

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