Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jared Polis presented a “100-Day Roadmap” on health care Monday, laying out the quick steps he would take if elected governor.“This plan is a roadmap for immediate action we can take to expand coverage, improve quality and, most of all, reduce costs — both for families and for small businesses,” Polis said in a press release after a press conference in Frisco.His campaign said the ideas he’s picked up on the campaign trail are to reduce the cost of health care, make it more available and make it better. Conversations Here's your chance to give the candidates for all Colorado's major offices a piece of your mind Vince Bzdek “Coloradans are getting ripped off on health care, and it’s time for it to end,” Polis said. “We’re going to build a health care system where every Coloradan, no matter where they live in our great state, has access to affordable, high-quality care for … [Read more...] about Jared Polis expands on health care proposals with road map if elected Colorado governor
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Tuesday’s one-year anniversary of the shooting death of El Paso County sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick also marks the last day Thomas Villanueva walked.It’s the last day the 29-year-old civilian had control over his bodily functions. The last day he could live independently. And the last day he had hope to become a father, said his attorney, Joseph Ramos, who filed Villanueva’s lawsuit four days earlier.The lawsuit names 11 law officers and Flick’s estate. All the officers were working on the Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement task force Feb. 5, 2018, when suspected car thief Manuel Zetina shot three officers and paralyzed Villanueva.But they’re not the ones Villanueva wants to hold accountable, Ramos said. Paralyzed bystander Thomas Villanueva sues agencies, officers in shootout that also killed Deputy Micah FlickVillanueva wants the agencies that set policies for the operation and trained the officers — the Sheriff’s Office, the … [Read more...] about Paralyzed Colorado Springs civilian should be treated same as any officer injured on duty, attorney says
The story of mental health care in our country is a harrowing one.During the dark days of the asylum era last century, the mentally ill were often warehoused in medieval institutions and restrained with iron chains and shackles around their ankles and wrists. One of those people was Rosemary Kennedy, President John Kennedy’s sister, whose father had her lobotomized and forever hidden away in such a place.In the early 1950s, as health care practices and attitudes toward mental illness began to change and new medicines and therapies emerged, a group called Mental Health America issued a call to asylums across the country for their discarded chains and shackles. On April 13, 1953, at the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, these restraints were melted down and recast into the 300-pound Mental Health Bell. An inscription on the bell reads: Cast from shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness.A short time later, … [Read more...] about Our mental health-care system is broken. Help us fix it.
Gov. Jared Polis stuck to familiar themes Friday in a second State of the State address delivered Friday at luncheon in Colorado Springs: health care, education, prosperity and innovation.The state of Colorado is currently solid, strong, successful, daring and bold, Polis told a packed crowd at The Antlers. And the goal for his budding administration remains to create a thriving state for all.The path to success will be paved by putting partisan politics aside, revamping the state’s education and health care systems and embracing renewable energy and economic diversification, the Democratic governor said.“Because in the days and months and years ahead, we want to not only build on the achievements of the past, but to boldly forge a new path into the future,” Polis said. “To make change work for us, rather than against us.” Premium Colorado Senate Democrats block Republican as co-sponsor of full-day kindergarten bill Marianne Goodland While those … [Read more...] about Polis sticks to familiar themes in second State of the State address in Colorado Springs
An online nursing school with on-site clinical training at a long-term care facility and other local health care facilities is opening in southwest Colorado Springs with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.This will be the first location in Colorado for Nightingale College, a private, nonprofit school headquartered in Salt Lake City.The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in front of Cheyenne Mountain Center, 835 Tenderfoot Hill Road. Peak Vista gets $1.5 million El Pomar grant for southeast clinicThe school’s “innovative Dedicated Distance Cohort delivery model focuses on developing the ‘homegrown’ nursing workforce," which is "available on-demand, well versed in meeting the health needs of the local community and properly aligned with the health care employers' expectations,” Nightingale College’s President and CEO Mikhail Shneyder said in an email.Organization officials cite the state's nursing shortage and waiting lists at local schools as the … [Read more...] about Online nursing school opening in Colorado Springs