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Local lawmaker opposes health insurance rate increases

A local lawmaker is speaking out against recent approvals by the Connecticut Insurance Department to hike health insurance rates, on average, 5.6 percent for the individual market.  Stenator Tony Hwang, whose district includes Newtown, called it infuriating.  The ranking member of the legislature's Insurance Committee, says a plan was proposed last session to rein in cost drivers and reduce premiums for all families by up to 30%, but it never came up for a vote.  The Insurance Department also approved an increase of 6.7 percent for the small group market.  Hwang says he will continue to push for action on health care reform.  The legislature isn't back in session until February.

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