Town hall to air insurance concerns

Last year, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department approved insurance corporations to raise people’s marketplace health insurance premiums by an average of 33 percent across the state and by 22 percent right here in Blair County.

They’re raising our deductibles and copays, too.

Everyday people simply can’t afford this.

Even with subsidies, too many of us are being forced to delay and skip care, go into medical debt, and make impossible choices like choosing between paying for medicine, rent, heating or food.

Over the next few months, the Pa. Insurance Department is holding town hall meetings in each of the nine rating areas across the state about the rising cost of health insurance and care, including right here in our area.

On Monday, there will be a town hall meeting at the Altoona Area Public Library at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is for the areas of Jefferson, Clearfield, Cambria, Blair, Somerset, Huntingdon and Bedford counties.

As a member of Put People First! PA, an organization of everyday people committed to making sure everyone can get the health care they need, I call on the Insurance Department to require insurance company representatives attend these town halls to hear and answer our questions.

I call on local residents to fill the house. They have an obligation to listen to the people of Pennsylvania about how the rising insurance costs requested by insurers impact our lives.

This is an important moment. Let’s make sure our voices are heard.

Danelle Morrow