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Insurance rates could rise 9 to 27 percent for some ACA customers, Washington state officials say

From left, Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, Alaska Division of Insurance Director Lori Wing-Heier; Insurance Commissioner of Pennsylvania Theresa Miller and Oklahoma Department of Insurance Commissioner John Doak, testify during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on the individual health insurance market for 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) DCMC103

Washington state's Office of the Insurance Commissioner is allowing insurers to charge higher rates to some plans in the Washington Health Benefit Exchange in response to President Trump ending subsidies to insurance companies.

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