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In Maine, A First Look At Rates For Health Plans Available On The Exchange

News outlets also report on state efforts to implement the health law's online insurance marketplaces in Connecticut and Hawaii.

The Associated Press: Maine Compares Proposed Rates On Health Exchange
Maine residents buying health care coverage on the exchange this winter are getting their first look into how the rates compare for the various proposed plans. The state recently released side-by-side comparisons of the plans offered by Maine Community Health Options, a new health cooperative, and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the two companies offering coverage for individuals on Maine’s federally run exchange (Durkin, 8/5).

CT Mirror: Obamacare Insurance Rates Get Final Approval
The Connecticut Insurance Department has approved prices for health plans to be sold through Access Health CT, the new marketplace created by federal health reform. The monthly premiums for plans sold through Access Health's individual market range from $197 per month for a 21-year-old in Hartford County to $893.88 a month for a 64-year-old in Fairfield County (Becker, 8/5).

The Associated Press: 34 Hawaii Groups Win Grants To Sell Health Care
Hawaii's health insurance marketplace has awarded grants to 34 community organizations to help uninsured people learn about insurance options under President Barack Obama's signature health care law. The grants announced Monday total $6.7 million. ... The funds will be used to hire 191 assisters to directly talk with people about coverage options available in the marketplace, which begins open enrollment in October. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said the grants are part of a statewide, community-based approach to informing and assisting residents with their health care (Garcia, 8/5).

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