Number of Vermonters without health care unclear

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials say they won't know for several months how many people who looked at buying health insurance through Vermont Health Connect determined it was too expensive and decided to go without.

Vermont Health Connect spokeswoman Emily Yahr says the best answer to that question won't come until consumer surveys are out later this year.

The Associated Press reports that nationally, there's concern that some Americans are finding the combination of monthly premiums and out-of-pocket expenses with Affordable Care Act health plans are unaffordable.

Chris Brzezicki ("brez-IT-ski") of Barre says he and his wife Carol opted to skip the coverage and pay a penalty of more than $400 a year after determining they could not afford a monthly premium of about $250 and an annual deductible of $7,000.

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