Hand holding coins and health care symbol Across counties, average premiums before tax credits fell 1.8% for the lowest-cost silver plan and 4.1% for the lowest-cost gold plan. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Premiums for the benchmark silver plan in the Affordable Care Act are decreasing by just over 3% across the nation, although they vary by county. This is the fourth consecutive year that benchmark premiums have fallen.

“The benchmark plan premiums are important, because they are used to determine the tax credits available to people who buy their own insurance through the Marketplaces,” according to an analysis by KFF. “What people would have to pay in premiums, if anything, will depend on where they live, the plan they choose and their age and income.”

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