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The Boston Globe


Some health coverage rates up

Health insurance base rates will rise an average of 2.5 percent for Massachusetts small businesses and individuals renewing their policies July 1. The increase is slightly smaller than the 2.7 percent average base rate hike for policies renewed in the current quarter.

The new third-quarter rates — affecting more than 147,000 people — approved by the state Division of Insurance all fell within the cap established by the Patrick administration as part of last year’s health cost containment legislation. The law ties health care spending to the state’s economic growth, projected at 3.6 percent this year.

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