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Axene: California Blue Rates Look Good to Me
National Underwriter

An independent actuary says individual health insurance rate increases recently announced by Blue Shield of California appeared to be based on reasonable assumptions and straightforward pricing methods. California Blue, San Francisco, asked for the independent rate reviews by David Axene of Axene Health Partners L.L.C., Winchester, Calif., in January, after California Department of Insurance officials asked large health insurers in the state to submit rate increases to independent actuarial reviews.