If Garfield County residents pay roughly twice as much for health insurance under Obamacare as people on the Front Range, that’s because Garfield County residents simply use more — and pricier — health care. And when federal subsidies are factored in, some locals will actually wind up paying less than residents of cities like Denver.
State insurance officials tried to hammer those messages home Wednesday night during a live web-cast directed at Garfield County residents. The online event, held in lieu of a live public meeting delayed by weather, was meant to address the anger that some county residents feel over the fact that they’ll have to pay the same health insurance premiums under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) as their neighbors in wealthier Pitkin, Eagle and Summit counties do.
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