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After weeks of negotiations, California said it has selected 13 health plans for a new state-run insurance marketplace where as many as 5 million people will shop for coverage next year.

Officials at Covered California, the state agency implementing the federal Affordable Care Act, said Thursday that the winning bidders reflected a mix of large commercial insurers and smaller regional plans.

The state also released some sample rates, illustrating how premiums will vary across health plans in this new market.

In a southern Los Angeles County region, for instance, rates for a 40-year-old person purchasing a “Silver” plan ranged from $ 242 a month for

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