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PENNSYLVANIA INSURANCE DEPARTMENT TO HOLD HEARING ON BLUE CROSS RATE INCREASE

 PENNSYLVANIA INSURANCE DEPARTMENT TO HOLD HEARING
 ON BLUE CROSS RATE INCREASE
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The state Insurance Department will hold a public hearing Thursday in Harrisburg on proposed health insurance rate increases sought by Capital Blue Cross for individuals under 65 years of age who are not insured by their employer.
 The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in the Pennsylvania Insurance Department Hearing Room, 13th Floor, Strawberry Square.
 The proposed rate increases would affect approximately 31,000 policyholders with Nongroup Basic Blue Cross and Nongroup Major Medical coverage and approximately 200 policyholders with Nongroup Student Blue Cross coverage.
 Blue Cross is seeking an average rate increase of 22.5 percent, effective Jan. 1.
 After opening statements by Insurance Department and Capital Blue Cross officials, the public will be invited to comment on the rate increase requests. Public comments will be limited to 10 minutes.
 Following public testimony, the department will question Blue Cross officials on the technical aspects of the rate increase requests.
 Copies of the rate increase requests are available for public inspection from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Insurance Department's offices in Harrisburg.
 Capital Blue Cross has policyholders in the counties of Adams, Berks, Centre, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Mifflin, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union and York.
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 /CONTACT: Amy Dugan or Leslie Osborn of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, 717-787-3289/ CO: Pennsylvania Insurance Department ST: Pennsylvania IN: INS SU:


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