The Connecticut Insurance Department is holding a public hearing on the proposal by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to raise premiums for its health plans starting Jan. 1, 2015.

The hearing will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, June 27 at the insurance department’s headquarters at 153 Market St., Hartford. It will take place in room 701, on the building’s 7th floor.

The public hearing will cover proposals for new rates for plans sold on the state’s insurance exchange, Access Health CT, as well as plans sold outside the exchange.

Anthem is seeking to raise rates by an average of 12.5 percent, but the proposed premium changes vary by plan, ranging from a 4.8 percent decrease to a 17.38 percent increase. (Read more about the proposed premium changes by clicking here.)

People who don’t attend the hearing can submit written comments on the proposal online at the insurance department’s website by clicking here.

For more on the hearing, click here.

Arielle Levin Becker covered health care for The Connecticut Mirror. She previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter, and has also covered small towns, courts and education in Connecticut and New Jersey. She was a finalist in 2009 for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the third-place winner in 2013 for an in-depth piece on caregivers from the National Association of Health Journalists. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University.

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