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Community health centers in Colorado - which provide medical, dental and mental-health care regardless of a person's ability to pay - are helping reduce health-care costs. (Pixabay)

DENVER - President Donald Trump's proposed budget includes cutting more than $800 billion from Medicaid, and some Colorado health officials are concerned the move could reverse progress made by a pilot program that has managed to improve health outcomes and cut costs. Ross Brooks, chief executive o

Critics of the Regulatory Accountability Act say the bill's true purpose is to thwart consumer protections such as keeping lead out of drinking water. (Getty Images)

AURORA, Co. – A bill making its way through the U.S. Senate is being challenged by business leaders and consumer groups. Proponents say the Regulatory Accountability Act will ensure that health and environmental regulations are transparent and based on the best available science. Critics s

Deportation concerns are driving many Colorado families to non-government food pantries for assistance, and to churches, where many feel safe. (Getty Images)

DENVER -- Children born in this country are U.S. citizens, regardless of their parents' immigration status, and many are eligible for health insurance coverage and food stamps. But the Trump Administration's tough talk on immigration and an uptick in ICE activity in so-called sanctuary cities, are

Rural hospitals in Colorado facing life-threatening budget cuts could see relief from Senate Bill 267. (Getty Images)

DENVER - Colorado lawmakers are one step closer to throwing a lifeline to the state's struggling rural hospitals. After years of conflict, Republicans and Democrats finally have come to an agreement that separates funding for hospitals from budget limitations under the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. D

Changes in how Medicaid is funded under the new version of the American Health Care Act could result in loss of services for people with disabilities. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The passage of a revised American Health Care Act by the U.S. House moves Medicaid one step closer to the chopping block. The plan would cut over $800 billion from the program by 2026, and opponents of that change say that puts people with disabilities and children at greatest risk.

In 2015, 33,000 lives were lost due to opioids in the United States, and community health centers are exploring alternative treatments. (Getty Images)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado's community health centers are going back in time to help blunt what has been called an opioid epidemic. Ken Davis, a physician assistant at Northwest Colorado Health in Steamboat Springs, says 15 years ago, health providers used an interdisciplinary approa

More than 500 demonstrations on Saturday will celebrate science's evidence-based methods that supporters note led to cures for diseases, technological advances and more. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Saturday is Earth Day, and thousands are expected to take to the streets in Washington, D.C., and more than 500 other cities across the planet. The March for Science aims to celebrate scientific research and advocate for evidence-based policies. Sarah Evanega, a biologist and directo

National and state-based clean air policies, including reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants, are helping improve air quality in Colorado. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Air quality in Colorado is getting better, according to the American Lung Association's latest report card. Last year, Denver was ranked eighth most ozone-polluted city nationally. Now it’s the 11th. Fort Collins also dropped from tenth to 15th. Dawn Mullally, director of air qua

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