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Last updated 7:42AM ET
December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
National Organization Sounds Alarm on Colorado Health Care
(2007-12-13)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: A national organization is sounding an alarm about the impact of health care costs on Colorado families.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.

SARAH: Nearly 1.1 million Coloradans are in families that will spend more than 10% of their income on health care costs in 2008 according to a recent report done by Families USA.
The cost of health care is not only affecting those without health insurance.
The report states that four out of five people in families spending more than 10% of their pre-tax income on health care are insured.
Ron Pollack, Executive Director of Families USA says that the pre-taxed family income maybe greater 10%
RON POLLACK: WE'RE LOOKING AT PRE-TAX INCOME. THIS IS THE INCOME BEFORE PEOPLE PAY SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES, MEDICARE TAXES, INCOME TAXES. SO ACTUALLY THE BITE OUT OFF THE FAMILY BUDGET IS EVEN GREATER THAN 10% MIGHT REFLECT BECAUSE AFTER YOU PAY THOSE TAXES YOU HAVE LESS DISCRETIONARY INCOME AVAILABLE TO PAY FOR NECESSITIES LIKE HEALTH CARE.
Families USA reports that as health care premiums rise; employers are forced to make decisions about the coverage they offer to their employees. The report shows that some employers either drop their coverage, increase the share of the premium that employees must pay, or offer insurance that covers fewer services and may require higher out of pocket costs.

From KSUT, I'm Sarah Baumgartner
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