Letters to the Editor

Trautwein letter: Premium increases

According to a recent article, most of Idaho’s health insurers will raise premiums by double-digits in 2017. One plan will nearly double in cost (“Idaho health insurers want to raise premiums 27%,” June 13).

As Idahoans re-evaluate their plans and potentially choose new ones, they should consider consulting insurance agents and brokers to ensure they’re receiving the best benefits possible.

These professionals have, on average, a decade of experience in the insurance industry, so they’re able to find plans and compare benefits better than consumers could on their own. That’s largely why people in counties with the greatest concentration of brokers pay 13 percent less in premiums than people in counties with fewer brokers.

Janet Trautwein, CEO, National Association of Health Underwriters, Washington, D.C.