NPR has released a list of the top 10 most expensive insurance marketplaces under the new health law. The ranking is based on the lowest-price “silver” plan, which is considered the midlevel plan that most consumers are choosing. The list is also based on rates from both federal and state insurance marketplaces and data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The top 10 most expensive regions, ranked by monthly premiums are:
- $483: Colorado Mountain Resort Region. Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties, home of Aspen and Vail ski resorts. Summit County premiums are $462.
- $461: Southwestern Georgia. Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, Randolph, Schley, Sumter, Terrell and Worth counties.
- $456: Rural Nevada. Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Elko, Mineral, Pershing, White Pine and Churchill counties.
- $445: Far western Wisconsin. Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties, across the border from St. Paul, Minn.
- $423: Southern Georgia. A swath of counties adjacent to the even more expensive Georgia region. Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Clinch, Colquitt, Cook, Decatur, Early, Echols, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Miller, Seminole, Thomas, Tift and Turner counties.
- $405: Most of Wyoming. All counties except Natrona and Laramie.
- $399: Southeast Mississippi. George, Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties. In Hancock County, the lowest price plan is $447.
- $395: Vermont.
- $383: Fairfield, Conn. The southwestern-most county, which includes many affluent commuter towns for New York City.
- $381: Alaska.
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