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HB1177 by House Speaker Lola Spradley of Beulah will address three health insurance issues. The first issue is denial of coverage to kidney transplant donors. HB1177 would prohibit insurance carriers from denying policies for the sole reason that the applicant had donated a kidney to someone else. The bill was inspired by a family in Beulah where the mother was denied health insurance coverage after donating a kidney to her daughter. HB1177 would also outlaw the sale of "insurance coupons", typically marketed by telephone, without disclosing if any doctors, hospitals or pharmacists in the area would honor the coupons; and, HB1177 would allow insurance carriers some rate flexibility in premiums that are charged for multiple employer welfare arrangement policies. Spradley has been disappointed that none of the health insurers licensed in Colorado have been willing to issue an MEWA policy. She was the sponsor of the original MEWA law last year.
The Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual groundhog breakfast on Sunday, February 1st. The annual fundraiser for community activities will feature pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon and beverages for $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Tickets will be available at the door. The breakfast will be held at the Walsenburg Golf Course and will be served from 9am until about 2pm. This event has been put on for over 15 years. For more information, call the Chamber office at 738-1065.
The Alamosa School Board will hold a closed-door session tonight at 6:30pm for one of the seven sixth-graders that were expelled last year for having guns in school and handling bullets. One of the seven is appealing the expulsion. The regular school board meeting will follow at 7pm at the administration office in Alamosa. Action by the board is expected on a grant for a resource officer at the middle school and at the high school.
The Trinidad / Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 122nd annual meeting and banquet the Saturday in Aultman Hall in Trinidad. Festivities will begin at 7pm. This year's event is "Casino Night". The 2003 Chenoweth Public Service Award will be presented during the evening. Nominees this year are Trinidad City Councilman Herm Heise and his wife, two-term Trinidad Mayor Joe Reorda, Joe Hadad, Larry Parsons and Darrel Phelan. The award is presented to an outstanding citizen and volunteer. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the chamber office. The deadline for reservations is today.
Friends of the Dunes invites all artists to participate in a competition to design a compass rose to be installed at the Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Preserve. Individuals or groups from Colorado and New Mexico are eligible to enter and all ages are encouraged to participate. The winning design will receive $1,200. For information and details of the design, call 589-3813.
Future Business Leaders of America students from John Mall High School in Walsenburg will be going door-to-door this Friday morning to collect your dimes for the March of Dimes. Help out the students, and show that Walsenburg is a community that supports its young people and cares about preventing birth defects and saving babies' lives.