Out-of-pocket costs for certain prescription drugs will rise considerably in 2015 for those who purchased coverage through the public exchanges last year as more exchange plans will be charging coinsurance payments of more than 30 percent compared to last year.

That's the finding of a study of exchange plans by Avalere Health, which examined data from the public exchange marketplace and from Covered California and New York State of Health.

Avalere looked at the costs that have been set for specialty medications used to treat life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis. It found the following increases in the percent of plans charging more than 30 percent for coinsurance compared to 2014:

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.