Rural residents confront higher health care costs

Politics The Associated Press · ·
In this Feb. 13, 2014 photo, Bill Fales works on his ranch near Carbondale, Colo. Fales could use a new baler and a better irrigation system on the 700-acre ranch where he raises grass-fed beef cattle, but he scrapped those plans when he saw his new health insurance premiums. Fales said he recently saw his premiums jump 50 percent, even after telling two daughters in their 20s they'd have to get their own coverage. Fales now pays about $1,800 a month in premiums for him and his wife, both 60-year-old nonsmokers living in Carbondale.