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Insurance chief Jones urges Blue Shield to delay big rate hike
Sacramento Bee

Only days into the job, state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones faced off with the health insurance industry Thursday, calling on Blue Shield of California to delay plans to raise premiums by as much as 59 percent on nearly 200,000 Californians who buy health coverage on their own.

Jones, a Sacramento Democrat who was sworn in Monday, also renewed his push to give his agency the authority to reject “excessive rate increases.”