It's almost 2016, which means if you need to enroll in a new healthcare plan you've only got about a day and a half to do so. And many Wyomingites are in that boat now that one of the state's two insurance providers is not taking any customers in 2016. And it is not cheap. In early 2015, The Kaiser Family Foundation
compared health insurance costs across the nation, and Wyoming took three
of the top 10 most expensive locations. Rural Wyoming (Albany, Big Horn,
Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Hot Springs, Johnson,
Lincoln, Niobrara, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton,
Uinta, Washakie, and Weston counties) was fifth highest in the nation at
$440. Casper was eighth at $412, and Cheyenne was tenth at $401.
These are the premiums for the lowest-cost silver plan for 40-year-olds on
the healthcare exchange.
And with WINHealth eliminating coverage across the board for 2016, leaving
Wyomingites with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming as the only provider,
costs are remaining high.
According to KFF's comparison of plan costs for 2016
cities in each state, Cheyenne is the third most expensive in nation at
$426. It is beat only by Anchorage, Alaska, (routinely the most expensive)
and Burlington, Vermont.
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