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California won’t block individual health care rate hikes
Sacramento Bee

The Department of Insurance won’t stand in the way of rate hikes for hundreds of thousands of Californians who buy health insurance on their own, after finding no regulatory reason to block hefty increases filed by two of the state’s largest insurers.

The announcement Wednesday cleared the way for Anthem Blue Cross and one of its competitors, Blue Shield of California, to impose increases on their customers, perhaps as soon as October.