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Workers paying more for health insurance
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Alice Lowe is living on the edge.

Her health insurance plan as an employee at Santa Rosa’s Redwood Gospel Mission has a $5,400 deductible, meaning she has to pay the first $5,400 in medical expenses each year.

The plan, which costs her about $250 a month, one-fourth of the total premium, was adequate as long as no one in her family got sick, Lowe said. But a case of acute pancreatitis sent her to the hospital several times this year, and Lowe’s share of the bills surpassed her deductible and hit the $9,000 out-of-pocket limit, wiping out an inheritance.