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Premiums will likely continue to go up in the coming years for plans on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act state and federal marketplaces, but for many consumers, the out-of-pocket costs may go down. 

A new study by Avalere, a health care consulting firm, suggests that proposed new standards for PPACA plans would “increase coverage of certain services and drugs, while lowering out-of-pocket costs for many consumers” if they take effect in 2017. 

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