Re: “Fewer health care choices in Olympia” (TNT, 11-15).
I read that state employees were having a 46 percent increase in health care premiums, with full family coverage costing $179 per month.
I work for a small company which provides health care coverage through Regence Blue Shield. I have to purchase insurance to cover my wife and children. The company pays for my coverage. My last increase was 17.9 percent.
That doesn’t sound too bad until you realize that I was paying $1,008.91, and now I’m paying $1,189.62 per month. My increase was $180.71. This is not a “Cadillac” plan. I have co-payments, a deductible and co-insurance amounts.
Compared to what I’m paying, $179 sounds great.