Alaskans could see high premiums on exchange

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans could pay some of the highest premiums in the country under the new health insurance exchanges.

Figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department show the average individual premium for a benchmark policy known as the “second-lowest-cost silver” plan is $474. Of the 48 states analyzed, only Wyoming is higher in that category, at $516.

A number of variables will affect the ultimate personal costs, though, including one’s age, family size and any income-based tax credits that may be available.

Insurance exchanges are scheduled to go live Oct. 1. Alaska elected to have the feds set up the exchange, rather than the state taking the lead.

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska and Moda Health have announced plans to offer plans on Alaska’s exchange.

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