Experts said low oil prices are creating economic uncertainty for Weld County

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Experts said low oil prices are creating economic uncertainty for Weld County
Business leaders from across the region gathered Wednesday at the University of Northern Colorado's University Center Ballroom to hear what is in store in the areas of real estate, agriculture, health care, transportation and manufacturing. Keynote …
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Free help available for Connect for Health Colorado
KUSA – Connect for Health is nonprofit, health insurance marketplace where individuals and families – as well as small businesses – can compare and buy more affordable health insurance. Connect for Health Colorado, www.Connectforhealthco.com. is the …
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Small Health Insurance Co-Ops Seeing Early Success

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Small Health Insurance Co-Ops Seeing Early Success
Sutton was eager to join the new Montana Health CO-OP. He thinks if members own the company, they're less likely to overuse health care — and that saves everyone money. He knows the insurance startup is new, and still unproven. "There's a degree of …
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Great Falls supports small businesses
Holiday shopping kicks into gear right after Thanksgiving with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. But over the past few years, the new tradition of Small Business Saturday has held its own with the support of local communities — and Great Falls is …
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Ukrainian doctors hope to take Montana ideas home
During their visit to Montana this week, a visiting group of doctors from Ukraine decided the best way to operate a health care system is with regulation from the federal government, not individual states. The five doctors were in the United States as …
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NAACP Blasts Nevada Speaker-Elect Ira Hansen's Racial Comments

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NAACP Blasts Nevada Speaker-Elect Ira Hansen's Racial Comments
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Reno-Sparks NAACP called on Republicans in the Nevada Assembly on Thursday to reconsider their recent choice of Assemblyman Ira Hansen to serve as speaker in 2015, saying the Sparks conservative has demonstrated a long …
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Exchange insurers' rates lower than predicted for '15
“Any time consumers have more choice, it's good,” said Lydia Boske, a Nevada West Business Insurance broker. Boske noted that Anthem and Health Plan of Nevada, the state's two biggest insurers, sell health maintenance organization plans through the …
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Nevada: Guard Who Was Shot Kills Gunman on Bus
The authorities say a wounded security guard shot back and killed a passenger who opened fire when he was kicked off a public bus a little before 2 a.m. Monday in the heart of the Las Vegas tourist district. Investigators say a security officer …
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Why a 40-Hour Worker Means More to Small Businesses

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Why a 40-Hour Worker Means More to Small Businesses
Some small-business owners are hopeful that a new Congress will change the federal health law's requirement that businesses provide health insurance to workers who clock as little as 30 hours a week, or pay a penalty. Republicans taking over control of …
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INDIANA 100: Mainstreet tops fastest-growing companies list
Mainstreet CEO Zeke Turner builds nursing homes, and plans to begin operating them, too. (IBJ file photo). Mainstreet CEO Paul “Zeke” Turner has seen the future of health care, and he's decided to pounce. The company, which started as a health care …
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Success of Kentucky's Health Plan Comes With New Obstacles
At the same time, supporters say the private insurance exchanges will need robust business, including young and healthy customers that help balance the cost of sicker ones, to thrive. And while the more modest private enrollment here is partly due to …
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States fail to track EHR payments Frieden: Africa visit 'inspiring but

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States fail to track EHR payments Frieden: Africa visit 'inspiring but
MORE EXCHANGE GRANTS FROM THE FEDS — CMS decided to spread some holiday cheer to six states (Illinois, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont and Washington) and D.C. yesterday by awarding roughly $ 110 million in exchange establishment … A …
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The LGBT Center That Changed Our Lives
His health had become a concern while training, but because of a 1-year-waiting-period on pre-existing conditions with his new employer's health insurance plan he was unable to get proper treatment he needed. So, he turned to The Center's Community …
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Hatch, Alexander Announce Legislation To Repeal Employer Mandate

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Hatch, Alexander Announce Legislation To Repeal Employer Mandate
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander introduced the American Job Protection Act, a bill to repeal Obamacare's "job-killing" employer mandate. … and …
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Exec reveals details on new type of insurer
Debra Friedman, 56, CEO of Health Republic Insurance of New York, leads a new type of nonprofit insurer. One of 23 consumer operated-and-oriented plans, or co-ops, created by the Affordable Care Act, Health Republic gives members a majority of seats on …
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CHIP program serves dental needs of Ky. kids
And now it's time for those in our nation's capital to do the same, especially as federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to expire this year. Harnessing the full potential of … This is especially evident as …
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5 ways for disadvantaged business enterprises to strengthen bid

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5 ways for disadvantaged business enterprises to strengthen bid
You might even share an estimator with another company for an agreed upon cost. Estimating a project or determining how much supply you need, gas for your equipment, insurance to cover the project, salaries for the workers, union dues and the most …
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MN business gets OK to exclude birth control from health plans

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MN business gets OK to exclude birth control from health plans
American Mfg Co., which makes mud pumps and pump parts, sought a religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act mandate, which requires contraceptive coverage in employers' health plans. The St. Joseph-based company won a preliminary injunction …
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High school league votes to let transgender athletes pick their teams
After months of review, the Minnesota State High School League voted to let transgender athletes play on the sport teams that best align with their gender identity. Tim Post / MPR News. That's the same argument made in a full-page ad placed by the …
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Here's How the New GOP Senate Will Try to Dismantle Obamacare
The employer mandate is a requirement that all companies with more than 50, full-time employees provide affordable insurance or pay a fine. It also defines “full-time” as at least 30 hours … (And don't forget, employers will typically make up for …
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Added protections for consumer information on health website

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Added protections for consumer information on health website
FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore. The Obama administration is reversing itself after an outcry over consumer privacy on …
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McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'
The upheaval came Thursday on Capitol Hill after members of an anti-war group calling itself Code Pink approached a witness table where former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright and George P. Shultz were testifying. … The …
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SCAN Health Plan Brings “Independence at Home” to Ventura County

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SCAN Health Plan Brings “Independence at Home” to Ventura County
BUSINESS WIRE)–SCAN Health Plan has reinforced its commitment to the health and wellness of seniors in Ventura County with the expansion of Independence at Home (IAH), SCAN's community service program that has been successfully serving the greater …
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Healthcare systems, insurers form task force, pledge major value-based switch
More than a dozen health systems including Ascension Health and Trinity Health have joined with four insurers and several major employers and patient stakeholders to form a new task force, pledging 75 percent of the businesses will run under value …
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California Water Service Group Board of Directors Declares 280th Consecutive
SAN JOSE, CA — (Marketwired) — 01/28/15 — At its meeting today, the California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT) Board of Directors declared the company's 280th consecutive quarterly dividend, increasing the annual dividend from $ 0.65 to $ 0.67. This …
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