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Premiums Under Affordable Care Act Vary Depending On Location

10:35 PM, Oct 30, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Your zip code plays a major role in how much you'll pay for healthcare under the new law. Premiums are higher in some Triad counties than other.

When it comes to health coverage obtained through the marketplace, it's all about location.

Turns out you'll pay more in Alamance County than Guilford County. Forsyth County will pay even more.

There are hundreds of plan options. Look up your county's options here: Compare premiums on NC health exchange insurance plans

WFMY looked at the Blue Advantage Silver 0 PPO.

A 50-year-old in Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham Counties have a premium of $452. In Alamance County, the premium is $478. In Forsyth and Davidson counties, the premium is $528.
In family premiums, it's $150 more in Forsyth County.

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford tried to track down a reason for the difference rates. No one could give a good reason. Insurance agents told WFMY that the government came up with the rating regions.

Read here: Premiums under health care law depend on where you live

Remember, premiums don't include any government subsidies, which are available based on someone's annual income and the size of his or her family.

Other healthcare headlines:

USA Today reports that almost half of young, single, uninsured adults in 34 states could pay $50 dollars or less a month for insurance through the online exchanges after receiving subsidies.

And on CNN we learned an estimated 4.8 million low-income people are likely to fall into what is called the insurance "gap." They are the people who make too much to qualify for Medicaid in their state but too little to qualify for federal subsidies for the insurance marketplace.

WFMY News 2, WRAL, USA Today, CNN

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