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Congress Launches Inquiry into Anthem’s Proposed Premium Hikes
HC Pro - Joe Cantlupe, for Health Leaders Media

Congress is asking for Anthem Blue Cross’s corporate e-mails and other internal documents and wants the top executive of Anthem’s parent company, WellPoint, to testify as to why the insurer is raising individual health insurance premiums by as much as 39% in California. WellPoint released a statement Wednesday, referring to the proposed rate hikes for the first time, saying it does “regret the impact this has on our members,” but suggested they were related to increased medical costs. The company did not mention specific numbers.