The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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September 25, 2013

Federal exchanges' health premiums will vary widely

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In addition, many of the lowest-cost plans may carry high deductibles, despite a cap imposed by the law that limits out-of-pocket costs to $6,350 per person per year.

"Despite the fact that the premiums are lower than expected, enrollees on exchanges are likely to face very high out-of-pocket costs before they hit their cap, and they are at risk of being in very narrow network plans that may or may not include all the providers they need access to," said Caroline Pearson, vice president of health reform at the consulting firm Avalere Health, which did its own report on rates this month.

Some healthy people may also experience sticker shock on premiums. A recent analysis by the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank, found that some people who buy low-cost private plans today could see their rates jump by 24 percent.

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