WPR News
7:55 am
Mon May 15, 2006

Wyoming Insurance Costs Higher

Laramie, Wy –
If you live in Wyoming, you pay more for your insurance benefits then people in more highly populated states. The information surprised the Vice President for the Center for Studying Health system change. Jon Gabel thought insurance costs in rural states would be less. But after studying the issue, he found that Wyoming residents pay more for insurance, and get less bang for their buck. In other words, people in other states get more benefits for their health insurance dollar then Wyoming residents do.Gabel says it has everything to do with the states small population. He says there are fewer health care providers and no reason for them to make deals with insurance companies for lower cost health care. Gabel says the other problem is that many Wyoming residents work for small businesses. He says they found that small business employees pay up to 18 percent more for insurance, then those who work for large corporations.