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Choices, costs rise in Missouri for insurance site

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some Missouri residents could have more choices but also see higher costs when enrollment begins for health insurance plans offered through a federally run website.

Open enrollment starts Saturday for people wanting to purchase insurance for 2015 through HealthCare.gov, which offers subsidized coverage under the federal health care law.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that some people will have more choices. For example, there will be four insurers selling a total of 42 different plans in the St. Louis area, up from two insurers offering a combined 25 plans this past year.

But some of the monthly premiums also will be higher. For example, the lowest-cost premiums will rise nearly 12 percent for a 27-year-old nonsmoker in St. Louis County.

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