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HHS report says 2014 premiums coming in lower than expected
Modern Healthcare

Despite critics’ predictions that health insurance premiums would be higher in 2014 compared with 2013 because of provisions of the healthcare reform law, proposed 2014 premiums for individual-market and small-group plans offered on state insurance exchanges in 11 states have come in 18% lower on average than HHS had projected, according to an HHS report released today. “In the 11 states for which data are available, the lowest cost silver plan in the individual market in 2014 is, on average, 18% less expensive than (HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation’s) estimate of 2014 individual market premiums derived from CBO publications,” according to the report.