Average silver plan premiums up 11 percent, new data show

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's new public dataset about health insurance marketplace plans shows that 2016 premiums for silver plans rose an average of more than 11 percent, while deductibles increased 8 percent on average, according to a USA Today analysis.

The Obama administration has noted that premiums are increasing an average of 7.5 percent for benchmark Affordable Care Act plans, which are the second-lowest cost silver plans. Premiums for gold-level plans, meanwhile, increased by nearly 14 percent, the article notes, while deductibles for these plans dipped just less than 1 percent. 

In addition, 29 states have fewer gold plans next year, while five states are losing more than half of their gold plans. Article

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