The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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October 1, 2013

Day one of health care markets giltchy

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Some states were reporting successes Tuesday. Connecticut announced mid-morning that a family of three had become the first people to enroll in health coverage on its state marketplace.

The law is designed to allow Americans who don’t get coverage through an employer to shop for health plans on new state-based insurance marketplaces.

Insurers for the first time must meet new basic standards and are prohibited from turning away consumers with pre-existing medical conditions. Millions of low- and moderate-income Americans who make less than four times the federal poverty level — or about $46,000 — will qualify for government subsidies to help with their premiums.

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