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Affordable Care Act: A tale of two systems

The Clarion-Ledger, December 2, 2013
The cheapest mid-range plan for a 50-year-old nonsmoker in Mississippi's most populous county costs $385 per month through the federal health insurance marketplace, nearly 40 percent higher than its equivalent in Kentucky. There, the same person can find a mid-range, or "Silver" plan, for as little as $278 per month. The annual savings between those two could purchase a new Apple MacBook Pro laptop, for example, or six weeks of groceries for the average family of four. Kentucky is the Southeast's only state running its own health care marketplace, and it has some of the region's least expensive plans, a Clarion-Ledger comparison found.