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Scrutiny urged on proposed Anthem rate hikes
San Francisco Chronicle

Anthem Blue Cross’ health premium increases drew greater scrutiny Wednesday as the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urged state regulators nationwide to re-examine California premium increases proposed by the insurer’s parent company, WellPoint Inc.

At the same time, the state’s insurance commissioner announced he had added a new layer to his ongoing probe of WellPoint’s plan to raise rates by as much as 39 percent. The hikes would affect as many as 800,000 Anthem customers who buy their policies as individuals.

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