(Bloomberg) -- The price for health coverage bought through the Affordable Care Act’s online exchanges appears to be cheaper than some of the most dire predictions. That’s assuming the U.S. government can get the new marketplaces ready in time.

Proposed monthly premiums in nine states for the benchmark level of medical coverage are less than congressional estimates, according to a study last week from Avalere Health, a Washington- based consulting company. The analysis is muted by a Government Accountability Office report also released this month that shows computer systems for the insurance marketplaces may not be ready on time and training for the people who will assist consumers is behind schedule.

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