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Health-insurance premiums rise here in state, but not as high as elsewhere

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Navigators wait at their stations to help people with healthcare questions during a Washington Healthplanfinder sign-up event at Westfield Southcenter in Tukwila on Saturday, Nov.

Premiums for individual health-insurance plans in Washington will rise an average of 13.6% next year, though rates within the state health exchange will jump about 8% for midlevel plans, far lower than national hikes of 25%.

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