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State insurance commissioner presses case for power over health premiums
North Bay Business Journal

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones continued to apply public pressure on Blue Shield of California and other large insurers for recent rate hikes, saying the increases will negatively impact individuals and small businesses disproportionally and that the increases aren’t in tune with national medical inflation rates. In an interview with the Business Journal between speaking engagements in Sonoma County on Thursday, Mr.

Jones laid out policy prescriptions he said might help alleviate the upward pressure on premiums, which are slated to increase at an average rate of nearly 12 percent for Blue Shield policy holders, while insisting that many health insurance carriers have unnecessarily raised rates.