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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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The average tax break for millionaires in Colorado under a health-care bill passed by the U.S. House is projected to be $40,000 a year. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Resistance to efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is heating up after the U.S. Senate made public its Better Care Reconciliation Act. Rallies were held in Colorado on Friday and across the nation over the weekend, and members of the group "Patriotic Millionaires" a

Proposed cuts to Medicaid would largely impact the elderly, people with disabilities, pregnant women and children. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Colorado's millionaires could see an average tax cut of close to $40,000 a year if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) becomes law, according to new analysis. Those tax cuts would be paid for in part by removing more than 270,000 Coloradans from health insurance rolls. Alan Essig,

The GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would cut Colorado's Medicaid funding by $14 billion, and cause 23 million people nationally to lose health coverage, according to the latest estimates by the Congressional Budget Office. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says 23 million Americans would lose their health insurance by 2026 if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) becomes law. Some 14 million would lose coverage because of plans to cut Medicaid by $884 billion. Andy Slavitt, a senior adviser with t

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

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

Women earn 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, a loss of more than $415,000 over a 40-year career, according to the National Women's Law Center. (Getty Images)

DENVER – How many moms asked for equal pay for Mother's Day? Women are now the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with young children, and if they were paid the same as comparable male workers, 26 million children across the U.S. would benefit, according to new analysis by t

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.

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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