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Eric Whitney

Reporter, Colorado Public Radio

Eric Whitney appears in the following:

EPA Deems Montana City An Environmentally Safe Place To Live

Monday, December 15, 2014

The city of Libby was home to a mine that blanketed residents in asbestos dust for decades. After years of cleanup, the Environmental Protection Agency now says most of the risk is gone.

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Making The Human Condition Computable

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Technological advances are making it easier for you and your doctor to track your health and to find treatments for complex diseases. But the technology may be costly and there are privacy pitfalls.

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A Syrian's Struggle To Get By

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We rarely hear from the Syrian civilians trapped by the country's civil war. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks to a Syrian filmmaker and photographer who describes life in a rebel enclave outside Damascus.

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Native Americans Urged To Sign Up For Private Insurance

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The second round of buying health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges has started. Health officials say Native Americans may have much to gain by buying insurance there.

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Kidney Dialysis Company Expands Into The Hospital Business

Monday, November 10, 2014

DaVita HealthCare partners, a provider of dialysis for kidney patients, says its expertise working with very sick patients can help hospitals expand into wellness and prevention.

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A Montana Doctor Is Humbled By A Month Of Treating Ebola Patients

Saturday, October 04, 2014

George Risi spent a month in Sierra Leone. The infectious disease specialist cared for more than 300 patients. About 100 died. Nothing could have prepared him for the experience.

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In This Year Of Ebola, A Montana YMCA Is Its Brother's Keeper

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Big aid agencies are gearing up to help Ebola-ravaged countries. Small communities are also pitching in. The Y in Missoula, for example, is raising money to help the Y in Freetown.

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Replacing An Ambulance With A Station Wagon

Friday, September 05, 2014

There's nothing like an ambulance when you really need one, but they're expensive, and a lot of people who call an ambulance would actually be better served with a different, cheaper kind of care.

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Numbers Of Americans With Health Plans Way Up, But States Vary

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The biggest jump since 2013 has been in states that expanded Medicaid and created insurance exchanges. Arkansas has fared best — reducing its percentage of uninsured from 22 to 12.

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What Looks Like Overcharging By Your Hospital Might Not Be

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In 2012, Medicare was rocked by allegations that hospitals were systematically overcharging the program by miscoding electronic medical records. A study released Wednesday took another look.

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Power To The Health Data Geeks

Monday, June 16, 2014

There's a gold rush on in health information technology. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are betting on companies that aim to help consumers, insurers and providers save money.

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How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

To know if taxpayers got good value in setting up the health care exchanges we need to see what happens in the next few years, economists say. Will buyers and sellers keep coming?

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High Charges By Doctors May Or May Not Be Red Flags For Fraud

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The government recently released a trove of information on how much doctors are charging Medicare. It does seem like some doctors are overcharging, but the explanation of high fees can be complicated.

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Director Bendjelloul Searched For Mysterious 'Sugar Man'

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Oscar-winning director Malik Bendjelloul died this week. He's remembered in this rebroadcast of a 2012 interview with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Colorado Redraws Insurance Map To Cut Sky-High Ski-Town Rates

Monday, May 05, 2014

The Affordable Care Act sets a lot of limits on what insurers can do. They can't charge sick people more, for instance. But one thing that still counts is location, location, location.

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Obamacare Sign-Ups Show Wide Variation By State, Ethnicity

Friday, May 02, 2014

Nearly half the 8 million people who bought health insurance through the state and federal exchanges signed up in the last six weeks. Florida enrolled 39 percent of those eligible, despite opposition.

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Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.

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Doctors' Billing System Stays Stuck In The 1970s For Now

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Last week Congress delayed an upgrade of codes that govern the U.S. health system. Some say this will waste millions of dollars and make cost-saving and life-saving research more difficult.

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Small Health Insurance Co-Ops Seeing Early Success

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Karl Sutton belongs to a farmers co-op in Montana where member-owners share costs and revenue. A health insurance co-op appeals to him, too — but can the model grow beyond its niche market?

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90-Day Grace Period Under New Health Law Has Insurers Flustered

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Under the Affordable Care Act, the grace period to pay a health insurance premium late has been extended to 90 days. Eric Whitney of CPR reports that this extension has insurers and doctors worried.

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