- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Federal officials say Ohioans seeking health insurance coverage for next year will see a slight drop in the cost of a benchmark plan on HealthCare.gov.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a snapshot of health insurance marketplace rates for plans offered in Ohio. It shows a nearly 1 percent decrease for the second lowest-cost silver plans offered in 2016.

A new sign-up season starts on Sunday. Consumers can start browsing now on the HealthCare.gov website established under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The federal government says most people will be able to buy a plan for less than $100 a month, after tax credits.

Rates increased by double digits in some states using the federal marketplace, but other states are seeing lower prices.

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