Blue Cross cites health reform in proposed rate increases ::

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina on Thursday asked the state Department of Insurance to approve rate increases for two of its health insurance plans.

The state’s largest insurer, Blue Cross wants premiums to go up by almost 7 percent for its Blue Advantage program and by about 2 percent for its Blue Options HSA program. Together, the two plans serve more than 300,000 customers.

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