Colorado round-up: ACLU sues Colorado Medicaid over treatment of hep C patients
September 19, 2016
ACLU sues Colorado Medicaid over treatment of hep C patients
DENVER — The ACLU has filed a federal class action lawsuit seeking to expand access under Colorado Medicaid to a drug to treat hepatitis C.
The American Civil Liberties Union suit was filed Monday. It follows lawsuits in other states that seek coverage under government insurance for a drug that has a high success rate in treating hepatitis C.
The Denver Post reports the Colorado suit says Medicaid patients can get the drug only after their livers have suffered some scarring.
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, which operates Medicare, had no immediate comment on the suit.
Northern Colorado couple killed in crash, toddler survives
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A northern Colorado couple died but their 2-year-old son survived a crash on Interstate 25 near Loveland.
KMGH-TV reports that 34-year-old Jared Sommervold and 30-year-old Genevieve Sommervold died Friday when their car, for reasons unknown, swerved and rolled over.
Colorado State Patrol trooper Alisha Danko says it's unclear who was driving at the time and it is not yet known what caused the driver to swerve. The Sommervolds were not wearing seatbelts.
Their 2-year-old son was buckled into a safety seat and was not injured.
Jared Sommervold was a science teacher and coach at Longmont High School and Genevieve Sommervold taught science at Fort Collins High School.
Grief counselors will be available Monday at both schools to help students and staff cope with the loss.
Colorado Springs residents affected by floods find no relief
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Residents in Colorado Springs affected by flash floods in August are finding little help paying for the damage.
The Gazette reports that none of the affected residents had flood insurance and no one declared the flooding a national emergency so federal agencies aren't paying. The city is also denying accusations that the municipal drainage system is to blame, and will not pay for damages.
The homeowners are footing thousands of dollars in repairs as many of their rentals are too waterlogged to live in.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which runs the National Flood Insurance Program, many residents mistakenly believe their homeowners insurance covers flooding, but that is a separate policy.
Colorado Springs school campus closed after body found
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado Springs school campus is closed after a body was found there.
The Gazette reports that the death at the north campus of Classical Academy is being investigated as a possible suicide but police aren't releasing any other details.
School spokeswoman Tisha Harris said officials planned to release more information later Monday.
The campus includes an elementary, junior high and a high school.
Man faces charges over Facebook threat to Colorado senator
DENVER — An Arvada man has been arrested after police say he sent a threatening message to a state lawmaker on Facebook.
Police say the 21-year-old man was taken into custody Saturday after Sen. Laura Woods received a message from the suspect, who threatened to shoot her and her family.
Woods says she had been in a town hall meeting when she opened the message.
Police responded after Woods notified them of the threat.
The suspect faces charges of harassment involving use of a computer and is set to appear in court Monday.
Robbers target popular hiking area in Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs police are looking for two armed robbers who targeted a popular hiking area.
Police say the masked suspects approached a car early Sunday, opened the doors and told the victims to get out.
They ordered the victims to hand over their valuables at gunpoint and then stole the car.
According to KKTV-TV, a similar incident happened a month ago.
— Associated Press
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