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Mass. Division Of Insurance OKs 4 Rate Increases

The Massachusetts Division of Insurance has approved rate increases from four health insurers and requested additional information on three others.

Consumer Affairs Undersecretary Barbara Anthony said Thursday the division was doing its "due diligence" in reviewing the rates.

The division approved the rate filings for Aetna, ConnectiCare, Neighborhood Health Plan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state's largest private insurer.

It is requesting more information on proposed rate hikes from Fallon Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Blue Shield HMO Blue.

The decision came a week after an appeals board sided with Harvard Pilgrim, the state's second-largest private insurer, which had appealed a decision by the Patrick administration denying 235 of 274 business premium increases proposed by the company and some of its competitors.

This program aired on July 2, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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