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"I just have empathy for anyone trying to do this process who didn’t have the support I had," he said. "It is a rigorous and difficult process to get through."

Anecdotally, Utah’s House members have noticed that staffers who have children have seen their costs rise, while younger, single staffers have said their costs stayed about the same.

At a glance

Rep. Jim Matheson

Monthly premiums

Old plan: $434

New plan: $795

Deductible (in network)

Old plan: $700

New plan: $2,000

Out-of-pocket maximum (in network)

Old plan: $7,000

New plan: $7,000

Rep. Jason Chaffetz

Monthly premiums

Old plan: about $450

New plan: $665

Deductible (in network)

Old plan: $2,500

Nw plan: $2,800

Out-of-pocket maximum (in network)

Old plan: $5,000

New plan: $5,600

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Matheson’s press secretary Jessica Gail, who is 28 and single, picked the most comparable plan she could find to the federal plan she has now. Her premiums dropped from $128 per month to about $89 when dental coverage is factored in. She was surprised, but it wasn’t an anomaly. Five other employees in the office also saw their premiums fall, though they now have higher annual deductibles. For Gail, it is $1,500.

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