Colorado proposes 8.6% hike to healthcare funding; Can free clinics fill the needs of uninsured?

> A safety program at Wyoming Medical Center has led to a 70 percent drop in errors and lower malpractice insurance costs, according to the Star-Tribune. The program involves daily safety briefings and red badges that help nurses avoid interruptions while administering medication. Article

> While most states are curbing their healthcare dollars, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) is looking to increase healthcare funding by 8.6 percent (or $475.6 million) for next year's budget, The Denver Post reported. Article

> As Bismarck, N.D., continues to grow, so does the workload in area medical centers, which means more demand for nurses, The Bismarck Tribune reported. Article

> Free clinics are trying to meet the needs of those without health insurance in Nevada, a state with one of the nation's highest rates of uninsured residents, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal. However, some hospital CEOs say the clinics, although helpful, come "nowhere near" that. Article

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