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Consumer group files lawsuit against health insurer

Consumer Watchdog filed a lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross, accusing the health insurer of illegally increasing rates and pushing policyholders to take plans with less benefits and higher deductibles. The lawsuit follows the insurer’s much publicized California rate hike.

The changes, which may have affected 800,000 individual policyholders, were slated to go into effect March 1 but Anthem delayed the rate hike for the investigation.