Anthem not appealing rate increase rejection; Premiums in Florida increased by double digits;

> Anthem says it will not appeal a decision by Connecticut regulators rejecting its request to raise insurance premiums by an average of nearly 20 percent for 48,000 individual market policyholders in the state. Instead, it will re-file for new insurance rates that consider new data about statewide medical costs, reports the Hartford Courant. Article


> To attract more uninsured people into its high-risk insurance pool, Illinois officials are offering a health insurance option with a lower deductible and high­er monthly premi­ums, reports the State Journal-Register. Almost four months after cov­erage began, 967 people are enrolled statewide, but Illinois has enough funding to cover up to 6,000 people through 2013. Article

> Most policies for individuals and small groups in Florida had double-digit rate increases last year, according to a study released today, according to Health News Florida. That level would be considered unreasonable under a proposed federal rule. Article

> And finally… New Year's countdown leads to twins born in different years. Article

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Anthem posted $1.18 billion in third-quarter profit, an increase of 23% over the prior-year quarter.