Report: Oklahoma health-care rates will be 20-30 percent below U.S. average under ACA

BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER World Enterprise Editor

Monthly rates for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in Oklahoma will be below the national average, and residents can choose from 53 health plans on average, according to new federal data.

Monthly premiums in Oklahoma will range from $266 for the second-lowest-cost silver plan to $174 for the lowest-cost bronze plan before subsidies are applied, according to the report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The report shows that rates in Oklahoma will be about 20 percent to 30 percent below the national average for the three plans listed.

During a conference call with reporters, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to find health coverage for less than $100 a month, taking subsidies into account, under the new law.

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