GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The merger between SCL Health and Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has received mixed reviews.

SCL Health merging with Utah based Intermountain Healthcare

For more than 30 years, Active Insurance Solutions has provided healthcare coverage in Grand Junction.

Healthcare experts continue to watch the merger unfold and value the equitable competition it will provide to our community.

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When comparing costs on the Western Slope to the Front Range, Intermountain Healthcare says its costs are lower than Denver, but experts say that’s only part of the cost because it all comes down to population.

While the Front Range has a larger population, the Western Slope has a greater group of lower-income earners and those over the age of 65. Active Insurance Solutions says that’s why we see individual and group health plan prices fluctuate, “This year specifically Connect for Health have drastically decreased,” CJ Rhyne, Associate Manager with Active Insurance Solutions says, “That is a bonus for the induvial players in our area that want healthcare.”

Healthcare providers say group premium plans in Western Colorado are higher than they were previously and in our area, there are more people on government assistance than on the Front Range.

Experts at Active Insurance Solutions tell us there’s a large population of Western Slope residents who don’t have health insurance at all. Many miss open enrollment deadlines, that creates problems once open enrollment periods end, if patients get sick and then start to search for coverage