Wellmark Rate Increase Approved

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The cost of health insurance is going up for Wellmark customers.

Wednesday the Iowa Insurance Commissioner approved the double-digit increases. On average, rates will increase 14.5 percent for Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and 11.9 percent for Wellmark Health plans.

In its filing, Wellmark cites new requirements under the Affordable Care Act as one reason for the increases.

The new rates take effect January 1st.

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