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Insurance rate hikes attract federal scrutiny
San Francisco Chronicle - Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer

Dramatic increases in health insurance rates aren’t limited to California, according to a report issued Thursday by the Obama administration that found insurers had asked for large rate hikes in at least six other states. The report by the Department of Health and Human Services found, for example, that UnitedHealth, Tufts and Blue Cross requested rate increases of up to 16 percent in Rhode Island. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan sought to raise rates by as much as 56 percent. Increases were also reported in Maine, Washington, Oregon and Connecticut.

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