June 18, 2018
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Anthem of Maine seeks rate hike averaging 1.7 percent

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Health insurer Anthem Health Plans of Maine Inc. is seeking an average 1.7 percent rate increase.

The rate changes were requested in a filing with the Maine Bureau of Insurance.

The requested rates cover about 11,000 individual policyholders and would take effect July 1. The maximum increase in the filing is 18.2 percent, for people older than 60 with a $15,000 deductible. The maximum decrease is 17.5 percent.

Joe Ditre, executive director for Consumers for Affordable Health Care told the Kennebec Journal the request is “excessive.”

The state’s highest court ruled in February that state regulators were justified last year in cutting a rate-increase request by Anthem. The insurer sought a 9.2 percent increase, but that was cut to 5.2 percent. Anthem appealed and lost.


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