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Dec 22, 2013 4:55 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Health plan sticker shock ahead for some buyers

CHICAGO (AP) - Many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care marketplace and making what seems like a logical choice: They're picking the cheapest one.

Increasingly, experts in health insurance are becoming concerned that many of these first-time buyers will be in for a shock when they get medical care next year - and discover they're on the hook for most of the initial cost.

Monday is a key enrollment deadline for the health law. The prospect of sticker shock after Jan. 1, when those who sign up for policies now can begin getting coverage, is seen as a looming problem.

Counselors who have been helping people choose policies say many are focused only on the upfront cost, not what the insurance companies agree to pay.

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