Kaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau, working in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: "All the dynamics that drive up health costs have coalesced here in Southwest Georgia, pushing up premiums. Expensive chronic conditions such as obesity and cancer are common among the quarter million people in this region. One hospital system dominates the area, leaving little competition. Only one insurer is offering policies in the online marketplace, and many physicians are not participating, limiting consumer choice" (Rau, 2/3). Read the story or the related sidebar detailing the 10 most expensive insurance markets in the country.
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