AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine businesses are beginning to feel the impact of a health insurance overhaul law the Legislature passed earlier this year, with some companies seeing premium drops while others seeing their rates rise.

While it's still early to gauge the full effect of the law, some patterns have emerged. Small businesses in rural, northern Maine tend to pay more while those in more urban southern areas pay less, according to a survey of more than 700 businesses by the Maine Bureau of Insurance. Some lawmakers had warned that could happen during debate over the bill.

Portland tech company Wixnet, which employs about 45 workers in their 20s and 30s, saw an 18 percent premium drop, while Mid-Maine Restoration in Edgecomb, with a slightly older work force of five, reported a 35 percent increase. Mid-Maine restores church steeples.

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