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NU Online News Service, March 8, 4:04 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON–The Obama administration, moving again to put the spotlight on health insurers, asked five large carriers to publicly disclose their justification for large rate increases.

In a letter sent to the insurers today, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, asked the insurers to “publicly justify” their requests for large rate hikes, which in California would mean a 39 percent increase in rates for the individual and small group market.



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