Health-care cooperative Peak Health Alliance holds two meetings in the area this week as part of a Garfield County effort to lower insurance premiums for residents.
Nonprofit Peak Health Alliance, which got its start in Summit County, bargains with health insurance carriers on behalf of its members, which include individuals and businesses.
Last fall, commissioners approved $50,000 to bring Peak Health’s services to Garfield County. With the exception of Mesa County, the entire Western slope sees some of the most expensive health care insurance premiums in the country, according to the Colorado Division of Insurance.
In Summit County, Peak Health negotiated with insurance carriers to lower premiums by 20 percent.
The organization is offering informational presentations Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Garfield County Administration Building, 108 8th Street, Glenwood Springs, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and then in the first-floor meeting room at the Garfield County Administration Building in Rifle, 195 West 14th Ave., Building D, from 1 to 3 p.m.