Healthcare discussion in Edwards on Tuesday |

Healthcare discussion in Edwards on Tuesday

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If you go

What: Health Care in the High Country.

Where: Colorado Mountain College, Edwards.

When: June 28, 8 a.m. sign-in, 8:30 a.m. program.

With: Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar and panel.

Cost: $35 general admission, $25 Vail Symposium Lighthouse Society Members and Vail Valley Partnership Members

More info: Go to "> or call 970-476-0954 to register.

EDWARDS — Soaring costs, few choices and many complaints have highlighted conversations about healthcare for mountain residents and businesses as the Colorado mountain resort region of Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Garfield counties is repeatedly named the most expensive insurance market in the United Sates.

Bringing together health leaders with small business owners in the Vail Valley, the Vail Symposium, in collaboration with the Vail Valley Partnership’s Business Forum Series, will present a lecture and panel discussion on healthcare challenges and opportunities in Colorado’s high country on Tuesday at the Edwards Colorado Mountain College campus, beginning at 8 a.m.

“Healthcare costs and access to insurance remains a challenge for the Vail Valley business community,” said Chris Romer, Vail Valley Partnership president and CEO. “We are thrilled to have state insurance commissioner Marguerite Salazar and our panel of local experts to discuss healthcare access and costs, and to provide updates to our local audience on their individual operations and how they are working to address these issues.”

Salazar was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper as Colorado insurance commissioner in 2013. She oversees the regulation of the insurance industry in Colorado. She was previously appointed by President Barack Obama as regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VIII, where she played a role in the department’s effort to implement the Affordable Care Act.

Other panelists include Kathy Jacoby from Delta Dental of Colorado, Janel Allen-Davis of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Janet Pogar from Anthem Blue Cross and Michael Holton of the Vail Valley Medical Center.

Looking Forward

This is the second program in a series the Vail Symposium and the Vail Valley Partnership have collaborated on in order to address difficult local issues. The first program, held June 14, was “The Economic Status of Women in Colorado,” and attracted more than 40 people. Programs to follow Tuesday’s session include a look at the state of Eagle County’s economy Sept. 14 and the state of Colorado’s economy, Nov. 1.

“Our first program collaboration made it clear that locals care about these issues and it is important to bring forth honest information,” said Rohn Robbins, current chairman of the Vail Symposium Board of Directors. “With this information, people can go forward with making the appropriate decisions on a number of applicable instances. We look forward to this program as healthcare continues to distress many local residents and businesses.”

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