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Wellmark's proposed increase trimmed to 8.5 percent

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DES MOINES (KWWL)--  Some good news for Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield customers.

A proposed 11 percent increase presented by the company is now being trimmed to 8.5 percent.  

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Susan Voss says the 11 percent increase was excessive.

This latest increase proposed in November sparked outcry, as the company just raised premiums on individual plans in the spring.

Wellmark justifies the request, citing rising costs of medical care.

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