LETTER: Tell public officials what you think about Obamacare premiums
As a self-employed, self-insured worker living in Garfield County, I am encouraging others who are needing affordable health care to write or call the Garfield County commissioners and other public officials and let them know of your deep concern about your health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act.
My premiums have increased 100 percent since I moved to the Glenwood Springs area from Moab, Utah, in early 2013, and they look to increase another 100 percent next year when my current policy expires in December 2014.
My premiums, without any tax credits, could cost $900 per month with a $5,000 deductible. That is unaffordable, and I, like many others, may be forced to go without health insurance and pay the small federal penalty that will be assessed.
I am also troubled by the shallow (or biased) reporting of this issue by some local newspapers. Other reports seemed to actually research the issue and talk to small businesses and self-employed Garfield County residents who, like myself, can’t afford the most expensive insurance rates in Colorado. The article written by the Vail Daily and reprinted in the Post Independent on Feb. 5 reported a much lower average health insurance premium ($483/mo.) than is available [to me] from the Colorado Connect website. The article also reported higher medical costs (30 percent or more) in the valley. Previous local newspaper articles examining health care costs in the valley gave examples of lower costs of medical services and procedures in Garfield County as compared to some more urban areas of Colorado.
It’s time to speak up to our public officials, including the Colorado Division of Insurance, with the message that these high health insurance premiums are not fair or affordable.
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