Eric Whitney

Reporter, Colorado Public Radio

Eric Whitney appears in the following:

Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up In 2016, But By How Much?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Most people buying Obamacare plans next year are likely to face a small increase in the price of monthly premiums, early numbers suggest. A few plans are asking for steep price hikes, but that's rare.

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States Review Laws Revoking Licenses For Student Loan Defaults

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Montana could soon dial back laws that allowed defaulters to have their professional and driver's licenses revoked after failing to pay back debt.

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Sharing Patient Records Is Still A Digital Dilemma For Doctors

Friday, March 06, 2015

There's good news and bad news about electronic medical records. They're now in most doctors' offices — but most doctors still can't easily share them.

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Montana Governor Declares State Of Emergency After River Oil Spill

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

As much as 50,000 gallons of oil has spilled into the Yellowstone River in Montana. Those who live in surrounding cities have been told not to drink tap water. In 2011, more than 60,0...

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Medicaid's Western Push Hits Montana

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Affordable Care Act is on the move in Western states, with the governors of Utah, Wyoming and Montana all working on deals with the Obama administration to expand Medicaid in ways tailored to each state.

But getting the federal stamp of approval is just the first hurdle. The governors ...

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3 States Counter Obama's Proposal For Medicaid Expansion

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

States have a year to get full funding for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. The governors of Utah, Wyoming and Montana are trying to get the money, but their legislators may derail the efforts.

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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

For centuries, the central challenge in health care was ignorance. There simply wasn't enough information to know what was making a person sick, or what to do to cure them.

Now, health care is being flooded with information. Advances in computing technology mean that gathering, storing and analyzing health information ...

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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

In 30 years of practicing medicine, Dr. George Risi has never had an experience as emotionally draining as his month in Sierra Leone.

Risi, 60, is an infectious disease specialist. He has a small practice and he trains staff at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana. The National ...

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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

That which walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, is not always actually a duck.

That's the argument the American Medical Association has been using for decades to block public access to doctors' Medicare billing records. The AMA worries that people and the press will misinterpret the numbers ...

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