Anthem to delay insurance rate hike amid criticism

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. Anthem says it will postpone the increase by two months, as requested by the California Department of Insurance.

The company says it welcomes a review by the department, and that its proposed rates reflect anticipated medical costs.

Anthem's plan, coming as more people lose employer-sponsored health insurance, has been criticized by regulators and politicians all week. A congressional committee will hold a hearing on the rate hike on Feb. 24. Obama administration officials have said it doesn't seem justified, given the big profit parent company WellPoint made last year.

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