The lowest-cost "silver plan" available to those seeking health insurance via the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges experienced only minor premium increases from 2014 to 2015, with some states reported decreases.

This study of plan premium movement, by the Urban Institute with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers further support for stability in the marketplace for the popular silver plans. Earlier, a report from Commonwealth Fund found that premiums barely budged overall for the most popular of the silver plans, the second lowest-cost plan.

The national average for premium increases for these plans was 2.9 percent, the institute found. However, by region, there was variation.

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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.