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Iowa projects competitive insurance prices

September 13, 2013
By CATHERINE LUCEY , The Associated Press

DES MOINES - Premium prices on the state's new health care marketplace will be lower in Iowa than on many other states' exchanges, Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said Thursday.

In a news release, Gerhart provided some of the first details on the expected premium prices in Iowa.

"We have had a chance to see the rates published for other states on national reports. It's clear that for comparisons of similar plans, Iowa's rates will continue to compare very favorably," Gerhart said in the release.

The Insurance Division did not release complete pricing estimates, but offered a few examples. A mid-range - or silver - plan for a 40-year-old nonsmoker in central Iowa would cost about $219 each month before any income-based tax credits were applied. That price was lower than many of the projections for similar plans listed in a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, which looked at costs in the biggest city in 17 states, as well as the District of Columbia.

Six companies are set to participate in Iowa's exchange, including two - CoOportunity Health and Coventry Health Care of Iowa, Inc. - that would offer coverage to individual buyers throughout the state. The other four companies will offer plans with regional limits or that apply only to group insurance.

 
 

 

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