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Report: Pa. marketplace premiums slightly below federal average

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Monthly premiums for the Pennsylvania plans offered in the new Obamacare health insurance marketplaces to open Oct. 1 will generally be slightly below the average for the 36 states in which the federal government is running the marketplaces, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Exact costs will vary depending on individual circumstance. The report also showed Pennsylvania's average number of qualified health plans as 56, compared to the 36-state federal average of 53.

All premiums are a weighted average of the lowest cost plans in each rating area within a state.

The report also showed weighted average premiums for 48 states, including those that are running their own marketplaces. The categories were lowest-cost silver, second-lowest-cost silver and lowest-cost bronze; Pennsylvania's figures were $259, $286 and $229, compared to the averages of $310, $328 and $249.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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