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Anthem Blue Cross rates rise 17.5 percent today; critics call for ballot initiative to cap costs
The Mercury News

As about 730,000 California health insurance consumers’ rates rise an average 17.5 percent today, a consumer group is renewing its support for a ballot initiative to rein in costs. The group, Consumer Watchdog, called the hikes announced last year outrageous, but representatives from Anthem Blue Cross and the California Association of Health Plans said the boosts were necessary and in line with industry norms and federal health care requirements.