Sky high insurance rates

MESA COUNTY, Colo. Some much welcomed changes are coming to several communities on the Western Slope that will likely save residents hundreds of dollars a month.

Four counties in Western Colorado used to be classified as resort areas, pushing their health insurance rates sky-high. Now a reorganization of rating areas is fixing the problem, but other surrounding counties worry they may have to foot the rest of the bill.

"Although there may be a slight rate increase for the Western Slope counties that will have these four counties merged into their territorial rating," says Hilltop Health Access manager, Rhonda Lofing. "It's not expected to have a huge effect."

Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, and Summit counties were threatening a law suit to have the rates changed, saying most of their residents dont have enough money to be classified as resort counties.

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