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No Rate Shock, But California May Be Comparing Apples to Crabapples
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Covered California on May 23 said 13 health insurance carriers will offer health coverage through the state’s insurance exchange beginning in October. The insurers represent a mix of regional and national, for-profit and not-for-profit companies that will offer plans statewide or regionally. Rates are expected to be finalized in July. Some industry observers had predicted an across-the-board rate hike of about 30% in California. But according to a prepared statement from the state’s insurance exchange, rates submitted for the individual market ranged from 2% above to 29% below the 2013 average premiums for small employer plans in California’s most populous regions.

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