Latest News – July 1

Give Blood….For Life at Tommy Taylor Blood Drive!

Don’t forget, the Tommy Taylor Replenishment Community Blood Drive is tomorrow THURSDAY, July 2 at the Lake County High School gym. If you did not make an appointment, Organizer Bunny Taylor said they still have slots available from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Call 719-486-8742. This year, donors will get a t-shirt!

Frank Bradach gives blood at last year's Tommy Taylor Blood Drive. This year the event is Thursday, Dec. 6 @ NMHF

Frank Bradach gives blood at the Tommy Taylor Blood Drive. This year, the event is Thursday, July 2 @ LCHS gym.

This blood drive is named after Leadville’s Tommy Taylor. In 2007, Tommy survived a terrible car accident, requiring several surgeries and need for many units of blood. This blood drive was established by the Taylor family to help replenish blood centers to help save other lives.

“We were so grateful for the community support we received during that difficult time,” said Bunny Taylor, Tommy’s wife. “Everyone kept asking what they could do to help and this seemed like the best thing we could do.”

If you can’t make this blood drive, but would like to donor blood at another time, please contact Bunny at or you may also contact the Bonfils Blood Center at or  (800) 365-0006, ext. 2.Obit_Spacer_Thin

The Local Take: Obamacare Supreme Court Decision

Submitted by Full Circle of Lake County

Coloradans across the political spectrum warily awaited the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell earlier this week. At issue was a key provision of the Affordable Care Act: whether all Americans have access to federal tax credits that make health insurance affordable. Or, whether the tax credits are only available to those who bought health insurance through a state-based marketplace.ACA

Monday’s decision has no immediate impact on Colorado. By establishing Connect for Health Colorado in the early days of the Affordable Care Act, the state exchange protects every Coloradan from the direct results of the ruling.

Nationally, the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold federal tax credits for all Americans marks the second time that the high court has upheld key elements of the Affordable Care Act.

Alice Pugh, Director Full Circle of Lake County

Alice Pugh, Director Full Circle of Lake County

“We are breathing a sigh of relief today for the nine million Americans who will continue to receive the benefits of quality, affordable health insurance that Coloradans were already able to count on,” said Alice Pugh, Director of Full Circle of Lake County. “I’m proud of Colorado’s foresight to create its own health insurance marketplace, as well as expand health insurance to working families and individuals, that has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of previously uninsured Coloradans.”

The Affordable Care Act has moved 22.8 million Americans from the ranks of the uninsured, according to a recent study (Rand, May 2015).  This includes 5.7 million young adults that have maintained coverage due to the provision that allows young adults to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26. Additionally, 129 million people with preexisting conditions can no longer be denied health insurance.

To date, nearly half a million Coloradans have used Colorado’s efforts to gain coverage they previously couldn’t afford. Colorado’s health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, and other health reform efforts have reduced the state’s uninsured rate from 17 percent to 11 percent, the 5th largest drop in uninsured rate among all states.

About Health Equity: The Local Take

Leadville:  Full Circle and Build A Generation have combined efforts to enhance health equity in our local community. 

Alison Bujanda assists with the monitor as Amanda Stinnett with Rocky Mountain Family Practice, checks her blood pressure. Photo: AnnaMarie Valdez

Alison Bujanda assists with the monitor as Amanda Stinnett with Rocky Mountain Family Practice, checks her blood pressure. Photo: AnnaMarie Valdez

Health Equity is a broad term to describe social determinants of health including: access to quality health care, housing, racial bias, poverty, transportation, etc.  Your zip code says more about your health outcomes than any other factor.  Currently Full Circle/Lake County Build A Generation are increasing advocacy and civic engagement through the Family Leadership Training Institute and the Civic Design team.  The two Leadville organizations are currently piloting a health equity assessment for local businesses and organizations to complete a self-assessment.  Finally they are building the field of health equity in partnership with the Colorado Trust. 

Contact Alice Pugh for more information., 719-486-2400 x 10


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