Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

  • El Paso County to improve documentation for child placement after state review

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    El Paso County social workers failed to properly document or run 43 percent of mandatory background checks needed for adults in homes taking in children from social services in August, according to a state-led review released this week. Colorado officials said work is underway to...

  • Colorado Springs native to head Catholic Charities

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A Colorado Springs native has been tabbed to lead Catholic Charities of Central Colorado. Andy Barton was named the nonprofit's new president and chief executive, a role he will assume on Jan. 12, according to the organization. He replaces Mark Rohlena, who left this year to become...

  • Annual gift giveaway to be held Saturday

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A venerable giveaway spanning more than three decades and helping thousands of children each holiday season will return this year, five days before Christmas. The giveaway began in 1983 and has since ballooned into an hours-long spectacle helping thousands of people each year. Upon...

  • More than 100,000 sign up for insurance through Colorado exchange

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Colorado's health insurance exchange tallied 108,077 enrollments completed during its first month of open enrollment - largely from people who were covered in 2014. Eighty percent of those who purchased 2015 plans through Connect for Health Colorado had coverage this year, according...

  • Health exchange website gets 'droves of people' on deadline day

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Last-minute health insurance shoppers flocked to beat a key enrollment deadline Monday - a rush that included long call wait times to Colorado's exchange and website issues. Droves of people "like we haven't seen thus far in open enrollment" sought health insurance on the last day to...

  • Deadline to enroll in health insurance is Monday

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Coloradans who still need health insurance effective Jan. 1 need to act fast. Monday is the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan for most people without government or employer-based plans, should shoppers want that coverage to take effect at the start of 2015. With the...

  • Canon City residents on police shootings: Officers have right to self-defense

    Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    A 28-year-old on parole died Thursday morning after he was shot by a Cañon City police officer who fired as the man charged at the officer with a knife, police said. Brandon Atencio suffered "a couple" of gunshot wounds to the chest and died an hour later at St. Thomas More Hospital...

  • Colorado Springs health care services will consolidate, then expand

    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Rocky Mountain Health Care Services plans to consolidate to expand. The nonprofit marked the start of a $6.3 million renovation project inside the old Doctor's Hospital and Eisenhower Hospital on Wednesday, a crucial step in pulling much of its operations under one roof while...

  • That's a thrift shop? Goodwill's new Colorado Springs store aims for new image

    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Long gone are the days of corner thrift shops accented by Goodwill signs. These days, the nonprofit wants bargains packaged in a big-box store. Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado plans to officially open its newest store Saturday morning - one that will more...

  • Colorado not likely to get reduced Medicaid payments

    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Reduced Medicaid payments expected across the nation shouldn't affect doctors in Colorado. Foreseeing the problem, Colorado lawmakers passed legislation this past spring that cleared about $40 million in general fund money to keep rates in Colorado at the higher levels through June...