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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

1/8/10

REACTION TO ANTHEM'S PROPOSED 23% FEE INCREASE

David Carkhuff, Portland Daily Sun - Greg Howard, spokesman for Maine Change That Works, called the insurance carrier's request the equivalent of "Anthem ransom," blasting the proposed rate increase during [a] press conference. "It's amazing and galling that a company like Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine, while the people of Maine are suffering through the ends of a recession, with problems in terms of job creation and things like that, it is amazing that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine would come back to these same people and hit them with a 23 percent rate increase so shortly after increasing their rates 11 percent last year," Howard said. . . But Maine Change That Works pointed to $3.35 billion in 2007 profit made by Wellpoint, Anthem's parent company. "In 2007 and 2008, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine sent to Indianapolis $152 million in profits to its parent company Wellpoint," Howard said. "

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