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Calif. bill targets excess health insurance rates
San Francisco Chronicle

A bill that would allow state officials to reject rate increases proposed by health insurers is under intense lobbying pressure as it faces a key committee vote this week.

Groups representing insurers, doctors and hospitals are trying to have the California bill weakened or killed, although for different reasons.

The outcome of the debate has national significance. The sheer scale in the California insurance market, along with the state’s political landscape and national influence, make it a battleground state for such regulations.