LONGMONT GETS ITS FLUORIDE FROM BELGIUM WHERE IT SAYS THE SUPPLIES ARE DOWN. THE HIGH COUNTRY HAS THE HIGHEST COST OF HEALTHCARE IN COLORADO. TODAY BEGINS AN EFFORT TO LOWER HEALTHCARE PREMIUMS IN MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES. GOVERNOR JARED POLIS SAYS SOME COULD SEE THEIR PREMIUMS DROP BY NEARLY HALF. OUR NEWSROOM REPORTER IS LIVE TO EXPLAIN HOW THAT WILL HAPPEN. MATT, MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES ARE CREATING THEIR OWN EXCHANGE? Reporter: THEY ARE GOING TO CALL IT THE MOUNTAIN PEAK HEALTH ALLIANCE. THIS WILL TAKE ALL THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET FOLKS ALONG WITH SMALL MARKET FOLKS AND THEY WILL NEGOTIATE TOGETHER WITH HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS DIRECTLY CUTTING OUT THE MIDDLEMAN, THE INSURANCE COMPANY. FOR PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THIS PLAN SAY IT IS A GAME CHANGER. IT IS ALL FUN AND GAMES FOR THESE KIDS AT THE LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE DAYCARE IN BRECKENRIDGE. THE INSURANCE WOES THAT THEIR TEACHERS AND PARENTS HAVE FACED ARE NOT ON THEIR MINDS. WE HAVE GONE FROM PROVIDING GROUP INSURANCE TO ENTIRELY HAVING TO DROP GROUP INSURANCE AS AN EMPLOYER. Reporter: SHE KNOWS THE PROBLEMS WELL. SHE LOST HER INSURANCE WHEN THE PREMIUMS DOUBLED A FEW YEARS BACK. SHE IS HOPEFUL, NOW. THIS IS DOWN 40. Reporter: THEY ARE COMING TOGETHER TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE ARE LOOKING AT LEVERAGING OUR STATE EMPLOYEES. Reporter: GOVERNOR JARED POLIS IN KEYSTONE MAKING IT OFFICIAL BY LEVERAGING THE POWER OF NUMBERS. THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DIRECTLY NEGOTIATE WITH HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS TO LOWER RATES BY AS MUCH AS 47% STARTING NEXT YEAR. THAT COULD BE ABOUT $14,000 LESS PER YEAR FOR A FAMILY IN THE PROGRAM. WE HAVE A VERY SEGMENTED MARKET. YOU HAVE EVERY INSURER SAYING I HAVE 100 PEOPLE IN SUMMIT OR HUNDRED 50 PEOPLE. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS INCOME A LOOK, WE HAVE 6000 PEOPLE HERE IN SUMMIT. WE WANT A BETTER PRICE. GIVE US 10% OFF, 15% OFF. ALL THE PROVIDERS ARE RESPONSIVE TO THAT. THEY WANT CUSTOMERS TO NEGOTIATE A BETTER RATE. Reporter: IT IS NOT JUST SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS BUYING INTO THE PLAN. SUMMIT COUNTY GOVERNMENT IN THE TOWN OF CAN RIDGE ARE ALREADY ON BOARD. THIS IS DIFFERENTLY TURNING HEADS IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR STATE. Reporter: RIGHT NOW, SOME OF THOSE FOLKS ARE COMING TO SUMMIT COUNTY TO ASK HOW DID YOU DO IT AND HOW DO WE DO IT IN OUR COMMUNITY. AS FOR THE PROGRAM, YOU WILL

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