SF Chron covers Kaiser fight

SF Chronicle: "Rate increase creates criticism of Kaiser"

The fight in San Francisco over whether to approve a 5.25 percent health care rate hike for public employees who use Kaiser Permanente is just a small piece of a larger debate over what some see as the health care provider's lack of transparency when it comes to setting prices.

While there's disagreement over how to handle next year's rate proposal - with some politicians and the city's largest public employee union pushing for a rejection of the increase - state, local and labor officials agree that the health care giant needs to be more forthcoming about how it sets its rates.

And they'd like to see Kaiser commit to giving back some money at the end of the year if the city pays substantially more than the actual medical costs incurred by the 46,000 members covered under San Francisco's plan.

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