|By James Chilton, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
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A new report published Wednesday by health insurance analysis company HealthPocket found that low-income Wyomingites pay the highest premiums in the country when purchasing plans through the ACA insurance marketplace. The report specifically looks at those adults who fall into the "
Such subsidies are given to those earning between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level, which is defined as
In its report, HealthPocket looked at the cheapest available catastrophic, bronze and silver health insurance plans in each of the 23 states that have chosen not to expand
"The Affordable Care Act defined affordable coverage for an employee in employer-provided coverage to have premium costs at most 9.5 percent of the employee's household income," the report read.
"By this definition of affordability, the only affordable exchange plan for any enrollees with incomes below 100 percent FPL that were ineligible for
In other words, of the 69 "tiers" of plans being offered among the 23 non-
Every other plan in the non-
And it just gets worse for more inclusive plans and for older people. A 50-year old looking to purchase a silver plan on
"Frankly, if you're below 100 percent of poverty level, you probably couldn't afford the 9 percent you see in
The obvious solution, to Neal at least, is for
But while the state Legislature in March empowered Gov.