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Insurer rate hikes to get fresh federal scrutiny
San Francisco Chronicle

Health insurers will have to justify rate increases at or above 10 percent starting next year under a new proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The federal government will not have the authority to reject the rate increases. But an HHS official says it will help states review premium hikes and then highlight any deemed unreasonable. Insurers will then be asked to submit a final justification for them.

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