The thousands of Nebraskans who don't have health insurance have heard hints of how much they might be paying for a federally subsidized health care plan under the Affordable Care Act.
Starting next month, people who don't have health insurance through their workplaces or other providers will be required by the act to buy coverage. If they don't, they can be penalized through the income tax system.
Federal data released this week provided rate averages of low-cost plans for states and smaller areas, depending on age and other circumstances.
According to a report released Wednesday from the Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraskans will have an average of 40 health plans to choose from in the Marketplace. Officials say Nebraska's average rates turned out to be even lower than originally projected.
The plans are categorized as bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Bronze plans provide the least coverage for the lowest cost. Silver, gold and platinum cost more and provide better coverage.
In Nebraska, the average premium for the
lowest-cost silver plan will be $298 and for the lowest cost bronze plan it
will be $241, according to Wednesday's report.
The insurance Marketplace opens Oct. 1, marking the beginning of a six-month open enrollment period.
For more information about coverage offered through the Marketplace, go to HealthCare.gov.