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States urged to scrutinize WellPoint rate hikes
Modern Healthcare

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is urging state officials to re-examine any WellPoint health insurance rate increases. In a letter sent to governors and state insurance commissioners, Sebelius noted that Anthem Blue Cross, a WellPoint affiliate, withdrew its plan to raise premiums in California by as much as 39% after auditors found the rate hikes were based on unreasonable assumptions.