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Even in the Midwest, health insurance ain't cheap

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Many people move to Kansas or Missouri for a lower cost of living, but when it comes to health insurance, where you live seems to make little difference. Medical care and prescription drugs are already scarily expensive, and they're taking an even bigger part of people's paychecks.

People expect a lower cost of living in the middle of the country. But when it comes to health care, not even choosing a cheaper place to live can shield you from high prices.

Kansas and Missouri count among the five states where people with work-based insurance face average premiums and deductibles topping $9,000 a year. Kansas News Service editor Stephen Koranda and health reporter Celia Llopis-Jepsen discuss why the cost of care is going up the Midwest

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