Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

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WASHINGTON -- Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law.

But it will take time for families to figure out the best bang for their budgets -- even as a bigger political battle brews over the program's future.

For many people, government subsidies will cushion the hit. And there is a new factor: Returning customers who are savvy about health insurance and prepared to shop for a better deal.

Scott Joens, of St. George, Utah, said he and his wife are facing premium increases of about 18 percent for 2015. But instead of agonizing, he is looking for a plan with a higher deductible, which is the amount of medical expenses that consumers are responsible for each year before insurance kicks in. By switching, he could lower his monthly premiums.

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U.S. STOCK INDEXES HOLD AT RECORD LEVELS: U.S. stocks edged higher again Tuesday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy. The government raised its estimate for economic growth in the third quarter, giving the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in a decade, but a separate report showed that consumer confidence fell in November.

SOLDIERS TO SPEND THANKSGIVING IN EBOLA ISOLATION: A group of military service members returning to Joint Base Lewis-McChord from Africa will spend Thanksgiving in isolation while the Army monitors their health for signs of Ebola.

The group arriving Tuesday evening includes 15 service members and one Defense Department civilian who built facilities in Liberia to fight the fatal disease, the Army said.

They weren't exposed to Ebola-infected patients and the risk that they picked up the fatal disease is very minimal, said I Corps Maj. Mary Ricks. Because they have no symptoms, the isolation is called controlled monitoring rather than quarantine, Ricks said Tuesday.

WET BASEMENTS IN BUFFALO AS FLOODING FEARS EASE: Some Buffalo- area residents dealt with flooded basements from melting snow as authorities on Tuesday kept an eye on rising creek levels a week after the region was hit by record-breaking lake-effect storms. …

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