Alaskans Face Tough Choices Because Of High Insurance Costs

(By – Annie Feidt, Alaska Public Radio Network, Via Kaiser health News, 10/30/2015)

Gunnar Ebbesson is used to paying a lot for health insurance, but the small business owner from Fairbanks got a shock recently when his quote came in for next year’s coverage.

“I don’t understand who can afford this? I mean who really can afford this?” he says.  “I can pay it, but I can’t afford it.”

The premium for his family of five came to more than $40,000 a year. That’s for a bare bones plan with a $10,000 deductible that he buys through the marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act. Read more…

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