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This is just another example of why Californians need strong consumer protections against outrageous rate hikes from insurance companies ("Officials ask Blue Shield to delay rate hikes" Jan. 7). Without strong implementation of new health care laws, the cost of health care will continue to grow faster than income and inflation.
Just last year, Anthem Blue Cross proposed rate hikes of up to 39 percent, only for it to be discovered upon review from the Department of Insurance that the increase was based on botched math and bad assumptions, resulting in Anthem withdrawing and lowering their increase.
New Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has been a champion on health care, and this Monday he took a step in the right direction by saying he would make sure in-state insurers devote 80% of their revenue to health care. He should continue this work by calling a hearing to force Blue Shield to publicly disclose and justify its rate hike.
Austin Price, Health Care Associate
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