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San Francisco health care premiums expected to drop
San Francisco Chronicle

A year ago, dozens of angry city workers packed a City Hall hearing where San Francisco supervisors threatened to reject proposed 2014 health premiums for city employees, saying that Kaiser Permanente had failed to justify a 5.25 percent rate increase and that they were fed up with the provider’s lack of transparency.

On Wednesday, in nearly empty chambers, the same budget committee easily approved the city’s proposed rates for 2015 – a package that will slash Kaiser premiums by 2 percent, a rate the insurer has agreed to hold steady through 2016.