Data now obtainable from HealthCare.gov show there are 78,437 variations of health plans throughout the 36 states covered under the federal government’s troubled web site, ranging from a bare-bones policy going for $81.34 a month in Kansas for a 27-year-old, up to a so-called “gold” family plan with an HMO in Virginia costing $6,494.54 a month.
If you’re balking at that last figure, remember that it doesn’t include subsidies available under President Obama’s health-care overhaul. And if you’re the 27-year-old who doesn’t want to fork over the $81.34 a month for coverage, those subsidies may make it nearly free of charge, depending on income. Maybe.
Plus, it should be noted that whether this data will actually end up being what consumers pay is up in the air. CBS News reported Wednesday that a new browsing feature for HealthCare.gov can grossly underestimate the actual costs of a policy.
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