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Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - CO: Livable Wages/Working Families

One in four households struggles with a high energy burden or energy poverty. (Pxfuel)

DENVER -- A new exhibit on display this Thursday at Union Station, called "Behind These Walls" invites the public to experience energy poverty first hand. Visitors will be able to enter a home where the power has been turned off because the utility bill did not get paid. Jennifer Gremmert, execu

Colorado workers without retirement savings are projected to put taxpayers on the hook for nearly $10 billion from 2021 to 2035, including higher costs to the state for health and other public assistance. (US Army)

DENVER -- Nearly half of U.S. families have zero retirement savings, according to a recent Economic Policy Institute report, and Colorado is taking steps to help workers avoid working late into their sunset years. Tyler Jaeckel, director of policy and research with the Bell Policy Center, said a b

The Affordable Care Act prohibits companies from denying health insurance for people with pre-existing conditions, which can include glaucoma, allergies, asthma, cancer and diabetes. (USAF)

DENVER - This week, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans sided with Texas and 17 other states which argued that requiring people to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional. What does it mean for Colorado? Adam Fox, director of strategic engagement wi

A new Trump administration proposal would reduce food stamp benefits for low-income families with higher utility bills, cutting benefits for roughly one out of every five households that participate in SNAP. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Time is running out for the public to comment on the Trump administration's third proposal this year for changing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The latest move would cut $4.5 billion from the program over five years by changing how states calculate benefits ba

Nationally, just 13% of private-sector workers have paid family-leave benefits. (Pixabay)

DENVER — The public has until September 25 to deliver comments to a task force charged with researching all options for creating a statewide paid family and medical-leave program. Kathy White, deputy director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute, is on the task force. She said the group needs to

Under current Colorado labor law, construction and agricultural workers are not guaranteed meal and rest breaks. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado workers putting in overtime hours but not getting paid overtime rates could get some relief. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will hold a public hearing on Wednesday to hear arguments for redefining which workers should be exempt from overtime protections.

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

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