Healthcare Team Update

Movie Screening and Panel

The Team and the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care will co-sponsor the DVD, “Big Pharma,” about the high cost of prescription drugs, on Monday, May 14 at 7:00 pm at Harmony Library.  This event is free and open to the public.   Following the film, a panel will discuss their perspectives:  Representative Joann Ginal; Karyl Ting, MD; and Cory Carroll, MD.  Fred Garcia is the moderator.   It will be taped, so look for the future release of the video.

Healthcare Legislation

The Health Care Team (thanks to Annette DeMartine) is tracking this year’s health care legislation – targeting those that LWVCO supports.  These include:

  • HB 1179 prohibits pharmaceutical companies from price gouging on essential generic drugs
  • SB 146 requires free-standing emergency rooms to inform patients of less costly care that may be available through other options
  • HB 1007 requires insurance carrier payment parameters for substance abuse patients
  • HB 1003 establishes a study committee to assess substance abuse disorder problems

Outreach and Education

The Health Care for the U.S. network will sponsor a health care caucus at the LWVUS convention in Chicago in June.  Both Linda Mahan and Linda Thomas will help host with the AZ LWV coordinating.

Team members are developing future podcasts of health care stories, challenges with the current system, and the advantages of Improved Medicare for All.

The next meeting of the Health Care Team will be on Thursday, May 10 at 11:30 am at Windtrail CARE Housing Community Room, 2120 Bridgefield Lane, Fort Collins.  Contact Joyce DeVaney at for more information.

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