Miss. premiums among highest in health exchange

Mississippi is one of the poorest and unhealthiest states in the nation, and its residents will face some of the highest premiums under a health insurance exchange, an online marketplace that will be run by the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released information Wednesday showing the estimated cost of a mid-range plan will be $448 a month in Mississippi. That compares to an average of $328 in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

HHS said the only states with higher monthly premiums than Mississippi are Wyoming at $516 and Alaska at $474, the price of a midlevel plan before tax credits. Information was not provided for Hawaii, Kentucky and Massachusetts because they hadn’t released premium information as of Sept. 16.