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Eric Whitney

Reporter, Colorado Public Radio

Eric Whitney appears in the following:

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 โ€” 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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Despite Setbacks, Bipartisan Support Remains For Colorado Exchange

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Colorado spent years and millions of dollars creating its own health insurance marketplace. While enrollment hasn't met expectations, the backers of the exchange still support it.

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A Love Of Medicine Runs Through Three Generations

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bureaucracy and mammoth student loans weren't part of becoming a doctor for Michael Sawyer's father and grandfather. Still, like them, he feels medicine is a calling. A fourth generation of Sawyers is thinking about whether to carry on the tradition.

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After Fire And Floods, Colo. Town Now Faces A Hospital Crisis

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The small tourism-dependent community of Estes Park, Colo., had a tough tourist season this year due to fires, flooding and the government shutdown. The resulting tourism decrease has also affected the town's hospital, where the cost of keeping staffing at normal levels comes at a higher cost these days.

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Sophisticated Prosthetics Help Liberate Disabled Adventurers

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New technology is revolutionizing disabled peoples' ability to have the kind of outdoor adventures many had before losing functionality in their limbs. Amputees and people with spinal cord injuries are now off-road hand cycling, rock climbing and whitewater kayaking. Companies making innovative new gear describe cool recent innovations and challenges they're still working on. Disabled adventurers experienced and new to the scene talk about liberation through technology.

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Listeria Outbreak Still Haunts Colorado's Cantaloupe Growers

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The contaminated fruit that killed 33 people and sickened at least 147 others in 2011 came from a farm 90 miles from Rocky Ford, Colo. But the town's many melon farmers took a huge hit nonetheless, and are still trying to convince the public their cantaloupes are safe.

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Obamacare: People With Disabilities Face Complex Choices

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Affordable Care Act sets up categories of essential health benefits that insurance plans must cover. Some categories, such as maternity care and drug abuse treatment, are straightforward. But "habilitative services" โ€” including treatments like physical and speech therapy โ€” are much more subjective.

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Doctors Heed Prescription For Computerized Records

Monday, July 15, 2013

Doctors are rushing to take advantage of federal incentives to computerize their offices. Even now, many physicians still rely on paper records for patients. While the digital approach offers some advantages, the cost and complexity of switching can be daunting.

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Insurance Pitch To Young Adults Started In Fenway Park

Monday, July 08, 2013

To reach young people, the new health insurance exchanges are looking for sports tie-ins. One reason is the success Massachusetts had in promoting its own health overhaul in partnership with the Boston Red Sox.

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Some Colorado Wildfire Evacuees Briefly Allowed Back Into Homes

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., has pushed about 4,500 evacuees out of their homes. Police are escorting some of them back in to pick up critical medications or rescue pets.

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Black Forest Fire The Most Destructive In Colorado's History

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Black Forest wildfire near Colorado Springs, Colo., has now destroyed 360 homes, making it the most destructive fire in the state's history. It is zero percent contained.

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Datapalooza: A Concept, A Conference And A Movement

Friday, June 07, 2013

Entrepreneurs, investors and data geeks descended on Washington, D.C., in pursuit of better ways to make health information useful for consumers. They urged bureaucrats to set the health data free.

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Back From Brink Of Death, Corpsman Tackles 'Warrior Games'

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Three years ago, Navy corpsman Angelo Anderson was shot in his arm and leg in Afghanistan and he thought he was going to die. Sunday, he's competing at the fourth-annual Warrior Games in Colorado, along with more than 200 wounded service members. Eric Whitney of Colorado Public radio has this profile of Anderson, who credits the paralympic-style competition with restoring him physically and mentally.

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Colorado Weighs Reopening Psychiatric Hospital For Homeless

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Colorado's Democratic governor wants to move mentally ill homeless people to Fort Lyon, a former psychiatric hospital and prison in the southeast corner of the state. Critics say it would make more sense to rent apartments for the people in the neighborhoods where they are now.

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Companies On The Move Look For Healthy Workers

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Penny-pinching CEOs are relocating businesses to places with fitter workers and lower health costs. Colorado, where adult obesity rates are low, is playing up its health advantage as it tries to lure companies to move.

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Businesses Seek Out 'Culture Of Health' Areas

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Businesses looking to relocate are making the health of a state's population part of their decision-making process. One Fortune 500 CEO explains it can save millions in reduced health insurance claims and absenteeism. Colorado's economic development officials are already trying to improve the health and fitness of the next generation of workers in order to stay competitive.

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Obamacare Won't Affect Most 2012 Taxes, Despite Firm's Claim

Friday, March 29, 2013

H&R Block claims it's equipped to guide you through the Affordable Care Act and the law's implications for your taxes this year. But the law doesn't really affect 2012 returns.

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Colorado Doctors Treating Gunshot Victims Differ On Gun Politics

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Some Colorado doctors who've treated victims of recent mass shootings and everyday gun violence say they're deeply disturbed by and opposed to guns. But other doctors don't support the new gun restrictions lawmakers are talking about in Denver and Washington, D.C.

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