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By Warren Vieth
Oklahoma Watch 

As Obamacare prices soar in state, what are your options?


October 30, 2016

Oklahomans planning to sign up for 2017 health coverage under the Affordable Care Act might prepare for a possible case of sticker shock.

Only one company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, is offering ACA individual health plans in this state next year. Its rates for one type of benchmark policy are rising 67 percent in the Oklahoma City area and 71 percent in Tulsa, before federal subsidies are taken into account.

The full impact of the rate hikes will be felt mainly by higher-income people who do not qualify for federal premium subsidies. Those with lower incomes generally will see sm...

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