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Mississippians will pay among highest health premiums under federally-run program

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the nation, and its residents will pay some of the highest premiums under a federally run health insurance exchange.

The federal government released information Wednesday showing the estimated cost of a mid-range plan will be $448 a month in Mississippi. That compares to an average of $328 in 47 states and the District of Columbia… […]

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Groups race to hire, train ’Obamacare’ guides

In Mississippi, workers will go into rural areas without Internet access to help people with the enrollment and policy-shopping process, which is done online
CARLA K. JOHNSON, The Associated Press

(AP) CHICAGO – With the program known as “Obamacare” only weeks away from its key launch date, hectic preparations are in motion in communities across the country to deal with one of its major practical challenges: hiring and training a small army of instant experts who can explain the intricacies of health insurance to people who’ve never had it… […]

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Early look at health law’s premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the No. 1 question about President Barack Obama’s health care law: Will consumers be able to afford the coverage?

Now the answer is coming in.

The biggest study yet of premiums posted by states finds that the sticker price for a 21-year-old buying a mid-range policy will average about $270 a month. A copy of the study was provided to The Associated Press.

That’s before government tax credits that act like a discount for most people, depending on their income…. […]