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Massachusetts Insurance Regulators Reject Most Requests for Higher Rates
New York Times

With the encouragement of Gov. Deval L. Patrick, Massachusetts insurance regulators took the extraordinary step Thursday of rejecting nearly 9 out of 10 rate increases requested by the state’s health insurers. Mr. Patrick, a Democrat who is running for re-election, most likely against a former health insurance executive, said the move was needed because “small businesses and working families can’t wait any longer” for relief. The requested premium increases, which were for individual and small-group plans, ranged from 7 percent to 34 percent.