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Blue Shield won’t delay planned March rate hikes
San Francisco Chronicle

Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna and PacifiCare have all agreed to delay their proposed health premium increases for 60 days, leaving Blue Shield of California as the only insurer in California to go ahead with plans to raise rates, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Thursday.

Jones had asked Blue Shield this month to delay imposing rate hikes on its individual policyholders. Some members are seeing their rates go up by as much as 59 percent with new and recent increases. Several days later, he made the same request of the three other insurers.