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Arizona insurance rates increase 17.5 percent in 2016 under federal health care law


PHOENIX — The U.S. Health and Human Services Department says the cost of its benchmark plan on HealthCare.gov will go up over twice the national average the national average.

Silver plan rates in Arizona will go up 17.5 percent. That's well over the average of 7.5 percent for the 37 states that use the federal exchange established under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Rates in Arizona and some other states climbed by double digits, but others saw a decline.

The sign-up session starts Sunday for coverage beginning Jan. 1, and potential enrollees are now able to browse plans and prices.

Insurers in many states had underpriced plans and are raising rates because of inflation and claims higher than expected.

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