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Vt. to be first state to post health care rates

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Vermont is poised to become the first state in the country to tell people without health insurance how much they can pay for coverage through the federal Affordable Care Act when it begins offering benefits next year.

On Monday, the state is going to post the proposed rates offered through the state's health care marketplace for various levels of coverage.

Andy Hyman of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says it's a big step.

The state's marketplace, to be known as Vermont Health Connect, is due to be up and running by Oct. 1. Vermonters who work in places with 50 or fewer employees and individuals and families that don't get employer-sponsored health insurance will be invited to sign up for insurance coverage effective Jan. 1.

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