The cost of family health insurance premiums in Colorado increased 40 percent from 2003 to 2009, according to research released this week by The Commonwealth Fund.
In 2009, family premiums consumed 16.4 percent of median household income for family households where everyone was younger than 65. That's up from 14.5 percent of median household income in 2003. The average deductible for families in Colorado increased 69 percent during the same period.
The Affordable Care Act offers some hope for families struggling with rising costs, though, The Commonwealth Fund said.