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  • Policy Corner:

    By on May 22, 2017

    Policy Corner—May 2017 The 2017 state legislative session wrapped up last week with rural Colorado winning big in the final days of state lawmaking.  The state budget crisis and federal uncertainty made for a rocky start in January, a sentiment that continued through the six month session.  The General...

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  • CEO Update: Celebrating EMS Week, May 21-27

    By on May 22, 2017

    Celebrating EMS – EMS Week May 21-27 As many of you know, EMS is near and dear to my heart as my husband is an EMT. He began his career working on an ambulance and has worked for the Aurora Fire Department for 35 years where EMS calls make-up...

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  • By on April 28, 2017

    Policy Corner: Kelly Erb The Final Countdown: Nine Days Left of State Session The budget crisis, hospital provider fee, and uncertainty about federal changes have dominated much of the session. And with only 10 working days left of the Colorado state legislative session, Colorado lawmakers must make some difficult...

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  • CEO Article: April – The Famous Unicorn Frappuccino

    By on April 28, 2017

    CEO Article: April – The Famous Unicorn Frappuccino Have you heard about the latest craze that is driving baristas crazy, the Unicorn Frappuccino?  It sells life as fun and sparkling and all your dreams will come true if you drink the Unicorn Frappuccino.  Well we need a fix for...

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  • Policy Corner: Rural Hospitals, Schools and Roads to Get Some Much Needed Relief – Sustainability of Rural Colorado Bill Introduced!

    By on March 29, 2017

    Policy Corner Rural Hospitals, Schools and Roads to Get Some Much Needed Relief: Sustainability of Rural Colorado Bill Introduced! The long-awaited Hospital Provider Fee (HPF) compromise bill, SB17-267, has been introduced with bipartisan support.  In addition to converting the Hospital Provider Fee into an enterprise fund, the extensive legislation...

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  • March CEO Article:The Forum is Coming! The Forum is Coming!

    By on March 29, 2017

    The Forum Is Coming! The Forum Is Coming! Just as Paul Revere warned the town that the British were coming, I’m letting you know the Forum is coming.  The band Weezer released a song called “The British Are Coming”   and in the song it says “our mission is to...

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  • Policy Corner: 5 Questions You Should Be Asking About the Hospital Provider Fee (Plus Answers!)

    By on February 28, 2017

    5 Questions You Should Be Asking About the Hospital Provider Fee (Plus Answers!)   A very hot topic at the Capitol this legislative session (yet again) is the Hospital Provider Fee (HPF).  While this term may be unfamiliar to most people, many of you have been interacting with the fee...

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  • February CEO Update: Policy Institute 2017

    By on February 28, 2017

    February CEO Update: Policy Institute 2017 This month, I had the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital and I have to admit I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to exploring our history.  Just having the opportunity to stand and walk through the same halls used by...

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  • Governor Hickenlooper Identifies Rural Colorado as a Priority in State of State Address

    By on January 24, 2017

    Governor Hickenlooper Identifies Rural Colorado as a Priority in State of the State Address By: Kelly Erb, Policy Coordinator January 2017–Policy Corner With one eye on the state’s $500 million deficit and the other on upcoming changes in Washington, Governor Hickenlooper and the split General Assembly enter the 2017...

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  • CEO Update: Happy New Year!

    By on January 23, 2017

    January CEO Update: Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed some well-deserved time off with family and friends!  One of the first things I like to do at the start of a new year is establish my goals and the goal that consistently makes my list is “sustaining rural health.”...

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