VNA TO HOST MEETINGS REGARDING HEALTH EXCHANGE
Those who have questions about Colorado’s Health Exchange, can get their questions answered at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. The VNA will host a series of meetings to answer those questions. The meetings are free and open to the public. Whether your questions pertain to small business, family or personal health insurance, the VNA will be able to field those questions. A list of meeting dates and times, along with a contact number, is available below:
January 17th from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Bud Werner Memorial Library
January 20th from 1pm to 3pm at Lift-Up of Routt County
January 24th from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Bud Werner Memorial Library
For more information, call 871-7647
SEMI CRASH NEAR GLENWOOD CLOSES I-70 BRIEFLY
Yesterday morning, the Colorado State Patrol responded to a crash involving a semi in Glenwood Canyon. The semi was on Interstate 70, just east of No Name, when it lost control on a downhill curve on the icy roadway. The truck was exiting the curve when it lost control and skidded off the road and hit its left side on the cement highway barrier. The truck nearly rolled, but the barrier prevented it. The truck then over corrected, jackknifed, and hit the guard rail. The truck came to rest with the rear axle overhanging the guard rail and the trailer partially over the guard rail as well. Eastbound Interstate 70 was closed at Glenwood Springs to allow a recovery crew to remove the truck from the scene. The driver was not injured, but was cited for Careless Driving.
BILL WOULD OUTLAW FOOD STAMPS FOR EDIBLE MARIJUANA
Food stamps for a pot brownie? Colorado lawmakers want to make sure that doesn’t happen. A bill proposed by several Republicans would add marijuana dispensaries to liquor stores, gun shops and casinos as places where recipients of public assistance payments and food stamps can’t use their electronic benefits cards to access cash. There haven’t been any reports of public EBT cards being used at marijuana dispensaries. But lawmakers say pot shops should be added to the law to make clear it’s not legal. Colorado’s marijuana industry supports the bill and has been debunking rumors about food stamp use in marijuana shops. A hearing for Senate Bill 37 hasn’t been set.
STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS WANT RESEARCH ON MARIJUANA
Colorado health officials want to offer $7.1 million in research grants to examine claims about medical benefits of marijuana. The money would come from medical marijuana registration fees paid to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Medical and recreational marijuana are now legal under state law. Dr. Larry Wolk, director of the health department, says anecdotal reports that a purified form of cannabis helps with seizures have prompted some parents to buy marijuana for their afflicted children. Marijuana research has been largely blocked by federal laws, which still bar marijuana possession. Republican state Representative Cheri Gerou of Evergreen says lawmakers are intrigued by the possibility of marijuana research but want to ensure that state grants to state universities wouldn’t jeopardize their federal funding.
HOUSE PASSES BILL TO NOTIFY POSSIBLE VICTIMS OF HEALTH CARE WEB SITE’S LACK OF SECURITY
The U.S. House Friday voted to pass legislation (H.R. 3811) to require the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) to notify individuals if their personal information has been compromised through the Obamacare exchanges. House oversight hearings have uncovered information that HHS did not perform a full security assessment of the federal exchange website before it went live, and officials have expressed concerns that information submitted through the exchange will not be adequately protected. Representative Scott Tipton, one of the lawmakers that voted for the bill, said in a statement, “Frankly, we shouldn’t even need to pass a bill to accomplish this, it should be common sense. But from increased costs and decreased accessibility, to broken websites, a seemingly endless series of delays and missed deadlines, common sense has been absent from many aspects of the president’s healthcare law.” Tipton supports a patient-centered healthcare approach that allows for portability and pooling of insurance coverage, and ensures coverage of pre-existing conditions. He believes this can be achieved through a market-driven solution that incentivizes enrollment with affordable access to quality care without forcing people to buy insurance they may not want through a mandate, enacts comprehensive tort reform to protect patients while preventing frivolous lawsuits, and rewards innovation in the healthcare delivery system.
BILL WOULD PROTECT JOURNALISTS
Journalists in Colorado may get legal help protecting their sources after a New York reporter was pressured to divulge sources of information in the 2012 theater shootings. A bill introduced last week would elevate the legal standard on which a reporter can be compelled to reveal sources. It would also delete a current provision in Colorado law that says information being sought in the case can outweigh First Amendment interests. Republican Senator Bernie Herpin introduced the bill because of Jana Winter, a Fox News reporter. Lawyers for theater shooting suspect James Holmes wanted Winter to name sources who told her Holmes mailed a notebook depicting violence to a psychiatrist. A New York court ruled Winter did not have to reveal her sources. Herpin’s bill is modeled after New York’s law.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Over the weekend:
Hayden’s girls beat West Grand (41-32) and Encampment (47-43). The boys lost to West Grand (62-40) and Encampment (43-60).
The Meeker girls topped Hotchkiss (40-32) and Paonia (37-36).
Steamboat ‘s boys and girls beat Palisade (B=55-38; G=46-45), and lost to Delta (B=47-46; G=50-30).
The Rangely boys and girls lost to Paonia (B=50-47; G=46-4). The girls also fell to Hotchkiss (23-59).
Little Snake River Valley boys defeated Manila (62-51).
The Moffat County girls defeated Aspen (72-27), while the boys fell (66-53).
The Soroco girls defeated West Grand (81-60), the boys lost (53-69)
Steamboat tied Dakota Ridge (2-2).
Meeker hosts Rangely. The girls play at 6 and the boys at 7:30.