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3 health insurers agree to California commissioner’s request to delay rate hikes
Sacramento Bee

Hundreds of thousands of Californians won at least a temporary reprieve from escalating health premiums Thursday when three of the state’s largest insurers agreed to delay rate hikes.

But the company that launched the latest round of headlines about escalating rates, Blue Shield, stood by its decision to go forward with a March 1 increase that will raise rates on nearly 200,000 individual policyholders, some by as much as 59 percent.