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Covered CA to hike premiums by 8.7 percent. What does that mean for your county?

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On Thursday, Covered California announced an expected average increase of 8.7 percent in its health insurance premiums by 2019.

It's the same in Ventura County. In L.A. County that average is between 8.6 and 10 percent. It's 9 percent in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. State officials and advocates say some consumers will save money if they shop around for a cheaper plan.

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With guest host Libby Denkmann.


Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California

Chad Terhune, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News and its affiliated news site, California Healthline; he tweets @chadterhune