Kaiser Raising Rates for 300,000 Subscribers

Kaiser Permanente plans to raise rates more than 10 percent starting Friday for about 300,000 Californians enrolled in plans offered through small businesses. Kaiser officials said the increases average 10.7 percent, although a consumer group and a labor organization said the hikes exceed 17 percent for some subscribers. The National Union of Healthcare Workers, which is in contract negotiations with the health maintenance organization giant, sent a letter Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown requesting the HMO regulator – the state Department of Managed Health Care – investigate the proposed increases. Officials from the Department of Managed Health Care could not be reached for comment.

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