HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut regulators have rejected Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s request for a 20 percent rate increase.
Acting Insurance Commissioner Barbara Spear signed an order Friday rejecting the health insurer’s proposed increase, calling it excessive.
About 48,000 individual policy holders would have been affected by the rate increase, which Anthem says is necessary to cover escalating health care costs. Anthem has said its costs are growing by double digits and that the request is in line with its competitors.
Messages for an Anthem spokeswoman were not immediately returned Friday afternoon.
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