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N.H. Affordable Care Act Premiums Above Average

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File photo of a doctor wearing a stethoscope. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — When new health insurance markets launch next week, the sticker-price premiums for a mid-range plan in New Hampshire will be a bit higher than the national average.

The federal government released an overview of premiums and plan choices under the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday. It said the average individual premium for a benchmark policy known as the “second-lowest cost silver plan” was $328 nationally and $360 in New Hampshire. Those are the prices before tax credits that work like an upfront discount.

The report estimated that 95 percent of consumers will have two or more insurers to choose from, and will have an average of 53 plan options.

In New Hampshire, consumers will choose from among 13 plans offered by one company, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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