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Covered California Helps Keep Premiums in Check, UC Berkeley Study Finds
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Covered California’s Obamacare exchange has helped consumers get a better deal on health insurance in part because of its negotiating power — power that other Affordable Care Act marketplaces don’t have — according to a new analysis published Monday.

California is one of the few states that created an “active purchaser” exchange, where the marketplace negotiates premiums and benefits with insurers. Most other states, as well as the federal healthcare.gov, accept any plan that seeks to participate.

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