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NC health plans fewer, costs higher than US norm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - New estimates show North Carolina residents shopping for health insurance coverage on the state's federally run online marketplace could pay more and have fewer choices than the national average.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that premiums in North Carolina for a mid-range health insurance plan sold on the health exchange will be $369 a month on average. That will vary based on where a buyer lives and other details.

The average monthly cost for mid-range coverage across 48 states will be $328 when new health insurance markets start in every state next week.

Costs are lower once tax breaks are applied for those eligible. Individuals making less than about $46,000 a year and families of 4 earning less than $94,000 a year qualify for subsidies.

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