New York health insurance rates going up in 2015; Hacker breached insurance site;

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> New York state's individual and small group health insurance rates for 2015, including rates for plans purchased through New York's public health insurance exchange, will increase by averages of 5.7 percent and 6.7 percent respectively, the New York State Department of Financial Services said Thursday, according to Business Insurance. Article

> A hacker broke into part of the insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials. Investigators found no evidence that consumers' personal data were taken or viewed during the breach, federal officials said. The hacker appears only to have gained access to a server used to test code for, the officials said, according to the Wall Street Journal. Article

> Individual health insurance premiums in New Mexico will drop by an average of 1 to 2 percent in 2015 for those who buy on the state's health insurance exchange, New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance John Franchini said Wednesday in Albuquerque Business First. Article

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