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California health insurers propose raising rates for small firms
Los Angeles Times

Some California health insurers are proposing to raise small-business rates more than 10% next month, drawing scrutiny from state regulators.

Aetna Inc., which drew the ire of state insurance officials for a rate hike earlier this year, wants to increase premiums 10% on average, and as high as 24% for some employers. Anthem Blue Cross, the state’s largest for-profit insurer and a unit of WellPoint Inc., has proposed boosting rates 13%. Blue Shield of California is looking to charge some small employers up to 6% more.