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State official right to question insurance hikes
Bakersfield Californian

Some major health-insurance providers plan to raise premiums on thousands of Californians this year. Among them is Blue Shield of California, which intends to raise rates by as much as 59 percent on certain customers. This comes in a time of high unemployment, severe government budget shortfalls and an economy struggling to get back on its feet.

State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is right to ask the providers to hold off on jacking up premiums until he has time to review their plans.