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State Insurance Division cuts HMSA’s proposed rate hike

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COMHawaii Pacific Health and the Hawaii Medical Service Association yesterday reached an agreement “in principle” on a new three-year contract. Above is the HMSA building on Keeaumoku Street.
    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Hawaii Pacific Health and the Hawaii Medical Service Association yesterday reached an agreement “in principle” on a new three-year contract. Above is the HMSA building on Keeaumoku Street.

The state Insurance Division has reduced Hawaii Medical Service Association’s proposed 8.6 percent premium rate increase for small businesses renewing health policies in July.

The division, which regulates health plan rates, instead approved a 6.8 percent rate hike for an estimated 118,000 Hawaii consumers in a move it said would save businesses about $10 million.

HMSA has yet to respond to the rate reduction.

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