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Ohioans to see details on health plans under law

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 02:47 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans are expected to get a glimpse of how their insurance premiums could change should they participate in the new marketplace created by the federal health care law.

The state's Department of Insurance plans to provide details on rates during a Thursday afternoon conference call with Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who's the agency's director.

Individuals can get private health insurance, subsidized by the federal government, through the exchange. Open enrollment starts Oct. 1, and coverage takes effect in January. Ohio chose to let Washington operate the exchange, instead of setting up its own.

The insurance department said in June that specific premiums will vary for consumers, depending on their current level of coverage.

The benefits required by the law are more extensive than the benefits previously available to Ohio consumers.