WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jared Polis on Wednesday submitted comments to the Colorado Department of Insurance on proposed changes to the state’s geographic rating system under the Affordable Care Act. Currently, Summit, Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties are being charged the highest health insurance premiums in the nation, in an area known as the “Resort Region.”
The proposed changes would create seven regions based on metropolitan areas and two rural regions, lowering costs for the current “resort region” counties.
“The high premiums that residents of mountain communities have faced — the highest in the nation according to a Kaiser Family Foundation Study — run counter to the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, threaten to deprive individuals of badly needed medical care, and unfairly penalize families for choosing to make their home in our state’s beautiful resort region,” Polis wrote. “I believe this proposal is a significant step toward providing all Coloradans who purchase coverage through our state’s health insurance marketplace with access to high-quality, affordable care that meets their needs and the needs of their families.”