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Massachusetts insurers call halt, get state warning

Boston Globe, April 7, 2010

Most Massachusetts insurers have stopped offering new coverage to small businesses and individuals, and state officials demanded that the insurers post updated rates online and resume offering policies by April 9. People seeking to buy health insurance for the first time, or customers looking to change policies, found they could not do so, at least temporarily. The confusion followed the state Division of Insurance's rejection last week of 235 of 274 premium increases proposed by insurers. The increases were for policies covering what is known as the small group market, which includes more than 800,000 people across Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports.