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Obamacare Premiums Climb 3% on Average Ahead of 2015 Enrollment

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People buying Obamacare plans for 2015 can expect to pay about 3 percent more on average for the cheapest coverage -- a small increase by historical standards -- though premium changes vary widely by state.

“Bronze”-level insurance, the least expensive full-coverage plans available, will cost at least $307 a month on average for a 50-year-old nonsmoker next year, according to U.S. data released yesterday and analyzed by Avalere Health, a Washington consulting firm. The cheapest “silver” plans, the category most popular with consumers, would cost the same person $381 on average, a 4 percent increase from a year before.