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Wisconsin will pay more for health insurance

A mid-range insurance plan for an individual -- purchased on the federal exchanges -- will cost about $361 per month -- $33 more than the national average.

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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:42 am, Thu Sep 26, 2013.

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin residents will pay more than the national average for health insurance purchased on the federal exchanges, according to information released Wednesday by the Obama administration.

The state's average monthly premium costs are 14th highest based on information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that compared weighted average premiums among 47 states and the District of Columbia.

A mid-range benchmark insurance plan for an individual in Wisconsin will cost, on average, about $361 per month -- $33 more than the national average. The plans range from a low of $192 in Minnesota to a high of $516 in Wyoming.

Costs revealed Wednesday do not take into account tax credits residents may be able to receive. Premiums also will vary based on individuals' circumstances, including where they live, the level of plan picked, family size, age, income and tobacco use.

Starting Tuesday, Americans can begin enrolling for coverage under plans sold through online health insurance marketplaces, also known as exchanges. In Wisconsin, about 400,000 uninsured people and about 92,000 losing their BadgerCare coverage will be shopping for plans.

The coverage begins in January, when everyone will be required to have health insurance or face a penalty.

Gov. Scott Walker, an opponent of the health care law, deferred to the federal government to set up the exchange.

Walker's spokesman found fault with the HHS information.

"The numbers released today by the federal government are limited, offering no comparison to current rates," Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said in an email.

J.P. Wieske, a spokesman for the insurance commissioner's office, said it was difficult to compare the new data with what his office released, given the variables.

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