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The GOP health plan would reportedly leave 22 million uninsured; part of the president’s travel ban unblocked; and the Feds agree to investigate ways to protect an endangered wild cat. Those stories and more coming up.

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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

Colorado's report card for delivering food stamps to struggling families is in, and there's good news but room for improvements. (Pixabay)

DENVER – More Colorado families who qualify for food stamps, the program known federally as SNAP, are getting assistance. That's according to new data compiled by Hunger Free Colorado. But, the state still ranks 45th nationally, and some 350,000 Coloradans are not getting help. Kathy Under

Transgender Coloradans say housing discrimination persists. (Dcsliminky/iStockphoto)

DENVER – It's been eight years since transgender people were added to Colorado's anti-discrimination laws, but many in Denver's transgender community say they're still experiencing housing and other forms of discrimination. Sable Schultz, program manager of the GLBT Community Center of Color

Ignacio Alvarado, a former sheep herder, advocates on behalf of Colorado's migrant workers. (Joe Mahoney)

DENVER – Each year, some 300 men, mostly from South America, are recruited for work virtually no American wants to do: tending to sheep and other livestock around the clock on Colorado's ranches and rangelands. Ignacio Alvarado came to the United States from Chile on a special H-2A visa in t

Colorado's more affluent, ski-resort counties are falling short in connecting eligible lower-income residents to food-assistance programs. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Ski-resort counties with some of the highest income levels per capita in the state are falling short when it comes to connecting their eligible, lower-income residents to food assistance programs. That's according to new research by the group Hunger Free Colorado. Eagle, Pitkin, Routt

One-year-old Alden Mock is tested for lead exposure at the Pediatric Associates office in Montrose. (Nathaniel Wick for The Colorado Trust)

DENVER – Many children in Colorado are at a high risk for lead poisoning, but aren't being tested, according to analysis by The Colorado Trust. State guidelines call for doctors to test children in low-income households, and in housing built before 1978, when lead paint was banned. Mike Va

Colorado's Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging is releasing its plan to prepare for a rapidly growing older population. (Pixabay)

DENVER – By 2030, the number of Colorado residents age 65 or older is projected to increase by 68 percent. The Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging, created by the General Assembly and governor's office to study the impacts of shifting demographics, will release its initial report today at

A new report makes the case for investing in healthy communities and cites Colorado programs that are working to do this. (Pixabay)

DENVER - Cutting-edge programs at work in Colorado show that reversing inequities in health and well-being is possible, according to a new report commissioned by the Colorado Health Foundation. Colby Dailey, managing director of the Build Healthy Places Network, said efforts to overcome systemic ba

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