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By Stacey Singer (PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton)

Ten Congressional Democrats from Florida are calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to step in and protect the state’s consumers from unreasonable health premium increases.

The move comes as Florida’s insurance commissioner announced individual health premium hikes of 30 percent or more. The state this year decided to suspended its rate review process for new health plans just as the Affordable Care Act’s mandatory health insurance rule is about to take effect.

Reacting to a report in The Palm Beach Post, Congressman Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton and nine of his Democratic colleagues accused Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Legislature and the state’s insurance commissioner of abdicating their responsibility to protect the state’s consumers. They asked Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to intervene.

Read the full story at the Palm Beach Post

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