Consumers who shop for health insurance plans in the newly formed public exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have a lot more options than they currently do — and it will likely result in a lower pricetag.

That's according to new analysis from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which compared insurers offering plans prior to national health reform with insurers applying to operate in state exchanges.

The analysis used data from 10 states that have released information on carriers that will operate in their insurance marketplaces — California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

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