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Small businesses fear rise in health costs under new US rules

Small businesses, which bore the brunt of health insurance increases over the past decade, were heartened when a state law passed in 2010 allowed­ them to band together to buy coverage at a discount through newly established health insurance cooperatives.

But trade groups that set up such group-purchasing co-ops now say they are threatened by new federal rules stemming from the national health care overhaul that would override Massachusetts insurance rating factors, boosting the premiums small employers pay.

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