High Insurance Rates Anger Some Ski-Country Coloradans
by ERIC WHITNEY
Early December brought a foot of fresh powder to the resorts of Vail, Colo., but some residents are still steaming.
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Some of the biggest ski resorts anywhere lie in U.S. Rep. Jared Polis’ Colorado district, dotting the peaks of Summit and Eagle counties, about a hundred miles west of Denver. The area has ahigh rate of uninsured people and also, it turns out, health plans that are much more expensive than similar plans in surrounding regions. So expensive that Polis, a Democrat, has asked the federal government to exempt some of his constituents from the requirement to buy health insurance.
“The way the pricing came in under the Affordable Care Act … was anything but affordable in Summit and Eagle counties,” Polis says. “Upwards of $500 to $600 a month, minimum. Whereas in other parts of my district — like Fort Collins and the Boulder area — the pricing is really good. You [can] get a very strong, good insurance program for $300 to $350 a month.”