Health exchange premium up 5 percent in NJ

The premium for a mid-level plan offered on the federal government’s health insurance exchange will be up by 5 percent in New Jersey in 2016.

But premiums will be lower, as expected, for people choosing a new plan that is receiving scrutiny from lawmakers.

The federal government posted plan details on the exchange Monday. Customers can start making selections beginning Sunday. Many people can receive subsidies for care.

Lawmakers in New Jersey have been asking questions about a new set of plans from Horizon Blue Cross-Blue Shield that steer patients toward some hospitals. Some lawmakers and officials of other hospitals say it could hurt them.

The premiums for those plans are lower than Horizon’s traditional plans with similar deductibles and out-of-pocket costs.

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