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  • Lavish Features Cut From Over-Budget Aurora VA hospital
    Posted in In the News on June 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    Imported Brazilian wood has been scratched from the budget-busting design for a veterans hospital under construction outside Denver, eliminated to save money. A planned $10 million landscaping scheme has been slashed to $2 million, and subcontractors who find a way to reduce costs get to keep 30 percent of the savings, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, which took over management of the project after the cost nearly tripled. Corps officials said Wednesday they've been looking for ways to ... Read more

  • Don't Cut Vets off From Needed Prescriptions
    Posted in Press Releases on May 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) today introduced the bipartisan Veteran Prescription Continuity Act with Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX). The bill would help ensure service members can get the same prescription drugs they are receiving on active duty once they leave the military and get their health care through the Veterans Administration (VA). Read more

  • Coffman Conducts Hearing on VA Oversight of Drug Prescriptions and Medical Facilities
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    Denver, CO — On Friday, Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, conducted a field hearing on VA’s oversight of drug prescription practices and proper use of medical facilities. Read more

  • Congress warming to idea of medical marijuana for veterans
    Posted in In the News on May 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    DENVER (AP) — Congress is showing an increased willingness to let VA doctors talk to veterans about medical marijuana in states where it's legal, although final approval is far from certain. The House approved a measure this week that would let Veterans Affairs Department doctors help their patients sign up for state medical marijuana programs, something the VA now prohibits. "I'm certainly open to it," Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican and former Marine from pot-friendly Colorado, said Friday. A ... Read more

  • Republicans: VA failing on prescribing and oversight of drugs
    Posted in In the News on May 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    Republicans on a congressional subcommittee on Friday excoriated the Veterans Administration’s prescribing patterns and oversight of controlled substances during a hearing in Denver. The subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, highlighted a July review by the Drug Enforcement Administration of the Denver VA Medical Center that found mailroom employees at the Denver VA Medical Center with controlled-substance-related felonies with access to controlled substances. An audit done ... Read more

  • Rep. Coffman holds rare Congressional hearing in Denver to assess VA's prescription drug oversight
    Posted in In the News on May 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    DENVER - Congressman Mike Coffman's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a rare field hearing in Denver Friday to assess the VA hospital's oversight of controlled substances. "They have very lax standards," Coffman told Denver7. "That's probably putting it mildly." The Colorado Republican says the VA needs to do more to make sure that powerful narcotics and other prescription drugs don't fall in to the wrong hands or get stolen. He said he’s learned about drug abuse inside the hospi... Read more

  • Coffman Proposal to Keep Veterans from Getting Stuck with the Bill for Emergency Transportation
    Posted in Press Releases on May 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) has introduced legislation to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) quickly reimburses emergency response ambulance providers who provide life-care to our nation’s veterans. The legislation is co-sponsored by Representatives Charles Boustany (R-LA), Dina Titus (D-NV), Ralph Abraham (R-LA), and Mark Takano (D-CA). Read more

  • Colo. to end ACA exception for 190K people
    Posted in In the News on March 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    About 190,000 Coloradans will lose access next year to health insurance plans which don't comply with the Affordable Care Act, the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) decided. In March of 2014, President Barack Obama decided to give states the option of allowing people on noncompliant health plans to be grandfathered in by renewing their old plans early, while problems with insurance exchanges were ironed out. Colorado insurance commissioner Marguerite Salazar opted to do that for 2015, but to... Read more

  • Nearly 200K Coloradans face Obamacare cancellations by 2016
    Posted in In the News on March 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Nearly 200,000 insured Coloradans will lose their health-care plans next year under the state’s embattled Obamacare exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. State insurance commissioner Marguerite Salazar touched off an outcry Friday by confirming to news outlets that health-care policies covering 190,000 people will be dropped in 2016 because they fail to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Colorado Senate Majority Leader Bill Cadman called the action “a huge blow to another 190,000 Coloradans ... Read more

  • Congressman Coffman Statement on the Save American Workers Act
    Posted in In the News on January 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Congressman Mike Coffman released the following statement on his vote in support of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act, which seeks to limit the economic harm of Obamacare by repealing the 30-hour week full-time definition and replacing it with a 40-hour full-time definition. Under the employer mandate in Obamacare, companies are required to provide health insurance, or pay a penalty, if they have more than 50 full-time employees. With a 30-hour work week, employers are incentivized to cut ... Read more

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