Electa Draper, The Denver Post

A Colorado consumer advocacy group says insurance companies proposing 20 percent to 30 percent price hikes on 2016 health benefit plans can’t justify them.

The pent-up demand for care unleashed in 2014 is lessening, the group said Tuesday.

“We’re asking the state to scrutinize the fact that they could have a healthier pool in 2015,” said Colorado Consumer Health Initiative director Adela Flores-Brennan.

Consumer Health Initiative, an advocate for the health care reforms found in the Affordable Care Act, submitted comments to the insurance division late Monday saying its main concern is that carriers are ignoring the downward pressures on rates and overpricing plans.

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