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Why does health insurance in Santa Cruz County cost so much?
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz County has the highest cost for employer-provided health insurance of 274 U.S. metro areas, according to a study by a consumer nonprofit in New York that concludes the reason is lack of competition.

Monterey County was 12th highest, while Honolulu ranked the least costly, followed by Buffalo and the Bronx area of New York. “People are paying a lot more out of pocket for same bucket of goods and services than other regions,” said researcher Bruce Boissonnault, who founded the Niagara Quality Health Coalition in 1996 and maintains independence by not accepting funding from hospitals or insurance companies.

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