- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

DALLAS (AP) - An analysis for The Associated Press shows large population hubs in Texas will see sharp increases in premiums under the federal health exchange, but the sting won’t be felt as deeply in some more rural settings.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma is among five states that will have only one participating insurer in 2017.

The review shows premiums in areas like Austin and Houston continue to rise at the same time as insurance providers pull out, leaving fewer options for those not covered under an employer’s plan.

In Dallas County, the premium for a midlevel plan will rise to $395 next year as the number of insurers in the county drops to two.

But more than 175 counties, primarily rural ones with just one provider, will see a premium drop of 16 percent.

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