Actuaries wonder whether a new batch of 2015 Washington state health insurance rate filings offer any clues about what rates will look like in the rest of the country

Carriers in the state have filed 28 individual and small-group rate applications. Issuers of the 23 plans already in the market – either inside or outside the public health insurance exchange – are asking for an average of about 8 percent.

The proposed average changes range from a decrease of 11.9 percent, for plans sold by Regence BlueShield, to an increase of 26 percent, for plans sold by Assurant's Time Insurance unit.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.