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Blue Shield of California removing two hospitals from network

The company said in a statement, “Unfortunately, Stanford did not share in Blue Shield’s affordability goals and rates would have been even higher had they been included.” The company said pricing varies by region, with higher prices in Northern California.

The Covered California version will see higher rates in platinum and gold plans versus silver and bronze options. According to Blue Shield, 79% of enrollees in the PPO will have a premium increase of less than 10% and 12 of 19 regions will have an average rate increase of less than 9%.