Colorado lawmakers ended a tumultuous, impactful session Tuesday night after passing dozens of new laws that are poised to change everything from how the state pays for roads to who can purchase guns.

It will take years to see the full impact of the 2021 lawmaking term, but some changes are happening soon.

Here’s a look at five major ways the decisions under the gold dome are expected to affect your life in the coming weeks, months and years.


Pediatric health care professionals in Colorado are ringing alarm bells about what they say is a crisis in the mental health of the state’s children. The Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is publicly joining Children’s Hospital Colorado in its declaration of a “state of emergency for pediatric mental health." From the KGNU on the Front Range, Shannon Young has the story.

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Colorado Democrats have passed a bill they say will eventually lead to lower prices on the individual health insurance market by sparking new competition in counties that only have one option.

But their proposal to create a new insurance option regulated by the state government changed dramatically after aggressive lobbying and opposition from hospitals and doctors.

And even some Democrats who voted to send the bill to Gov. Jared Polis are questioning whether the bill will actually do what supporters say it will.

The pandemic ushered in a telemedicine boom, with loosened regulations and greater access. Now telehealth and other companies are lobbying hard to keep those gains.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talks to Rachel Cohrs, Washington correspondent for our partners at STAT, the health and medicine publication, about what’s at stake for the future of telemedicine.

KSJD Local Newscast - May 20, 2021

May 20, 2021