Projected decrease in premiums in 2020
The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), announced that for the first time ever, Colorado health insurance companies that sell individual plans (for people who do not get their health insurance from an employer or government program) expect to reduce premiums by an average of 18.2 percent (-18.2 percent) over their 2019 premiums, provided the reinsurance program is approved by the federal government. These are the health insurance plans available on the Connect for Health Insurance Exchange, the state’s health exchange made possible by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Abby Cadabby joined Colorado Governor Jared Polis
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, celebrated the iconic program’s 50th anniversary with a visit to Denver, as part of a nationwide road trip. Governor Jared Polis welcomed Sesame Street Muppet Abby Cadabby at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus where together they highlighted Sesame Workshop’s efforts to lay the foundation for healthy habits at a young age. They were joined by children and their families visiting the Museum and heard remarks from Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP Curriculum and Content, Sesame Workshop; Ryan Beiser, PNC regional president for Denver; and Amanda Mountain, President and CEO, Rocky Mountain PBS.
With assistance from Museum educators Sarah Grove and Carol Reed, Governor Polis led Abby Cadabby and the children through an interactive storytelling, singing and dancing, and drawing session to teach the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At the event, the Governor also issued a statewide proclamation marking July 19 as “Sesame Street Day” in honor of the show’s 50th anniversary and to recognize Sesame Workshop’s commitment to the children of Colorado.
Health alert for Summertime
Public Health Officials in Pueblo have alerted residents of summertime illnesses, including those carried by wildlife and insects. “The diseases tularemia and plague are typically found in wildlife, especially rabbits and prairie dogs,” said Alicia Solis program manager at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “It is important for pet owners to keep their animals from roaming free as they can be exposed to tularemia and plague,” stated Solis. “Ensure your pets have flea and tick protection. Do not let them eat dead animals. If your pet stops eating or drinking or develops other symptoms, take the pet to the veterinarian promptly.”
The Trump Administration took a step to expand health coverage options for individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. Health savings accounts (HSAs) have helped Americans save for their medical care. However, for some patients HSA plans were prohibited from covering routine, preventative medicines before reaching their annual deductible. The Trump Administration issued guidance that expands the flexibility of HSA-eligible high-deductible healthcare plans (HDHP). The change will expand access to low-cost healthcare that will improve the quality of their treatment, and save them money.
Gov. Jared Polis today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 to honor Associate Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and as proclaimed by President Donald J. Trump.
Denver’s unprecedented level of public construction investments is now taking shape to provide new employment and career opportunities for several targeted populations including veterans, Colorado Works (TANF) program recipients, those exiting the foster care system, and people who have experienced homelessness.
The Denver City Council approved a $94 million Peña Blvd. contruction contract, is the first of many major projects to require the hiring of apprentices and other workforce requirements under Denver Economic Development & Opportunity’s new construction carrer pilot program.