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Oct 31, 2015 10:01 AM

Health law enrollment set to begin

The Associated Press

CONCORD — New Hampshire consumers shopping for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law will see more plans, more robust provider networks and slightly higher average prices when the next enrollment period starts Sunday.

The Department of Health and Human Services says the average premium increase will be 5 percent, compared to an average increase of 7.5 percent across all 37 states using the federal healthcare.gov marketplace. The number of health plans offered to individuals and small businesses is increasing from 60 to 73.

Five companies will be offering plans: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Community Health Options, Minuteman Health and Ambetter.

The federal government estimates that 8.8 million people signed up by the end of the last enrollment period, including 53,000 in New Hampshire.

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