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California Insurers Want Focus On What’s Driving Up Costs

Meanwhile, some health insurers are responding to the health overhaul by looking for new business opportunities.

San Francisco Chronicle: Insurer Wants Focus On What Drives Up Health
When health insurers notify members that rates are going up - often in the punishing double-digits - they typically blame rising medical costs. … But the problem of passing along costs to consumers isn't going away. Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna and PacifiCare all have pending increases. And in recent months, the nonprofit Blue Shield raised rates by as much as 86.5 percent for some members (Colliver, 3/19).

Kaiser Health News: Health Insurers Respond To Reform By Snapping Up Less-Regulated Businesses
Here's one change few were talking about when the health overhaul law passed: It's sent insurers - worried the law could stunt profits and growth - looking for new types of business (Weaver, 3/19).

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