White House: premiums will fall for many in FL

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) - The Obama administration says the majority of Floridians who purchased health plans through the Affordable Care Act will actually see their out-of-pocket costs decrease, especially in big cities such as Miami and Orlando. That's the opposite of what state officials said earlier this week.

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Tasha Bradley, a spokeswoman for the federal Department of Health and Human Services, told The Associated Press that 75 percent of Floridians live in areas where the second-lowest silver premium will actually decline.

Their analysis shows the cost of that silver plan will decrease by 6 percent in Miami, 12 percent in Orlando, and 17 percent in West Palm Beach.

The state said Monday that consumers could expect an average premium increase of 13 percent in 2015.

The feds used the costs of silver plans in their analysis because 73 percent of the plans bought in Florida were silver level. The state averaged the price of all plans in their analysis.


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