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Some teeth for Dave Jones
Los Angeles Times

Health insurer Blue Shield says it won’t comply with Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ request to delay its latest double-digit rate increase until May. Instead, it has hired an independent actuary to go over the calculations supporting the new premiums for individual policies, which are due to take effect March 1. That’s not much of a concession, given that a new state law requires insurers to submit any changes in rates to actuarial review. But maybe some good will come from this: With luck, the company’s defiance will prompt Sacramento to give Jones some real authority over health insurance premiums.