NU Online News Service, Oct. 10, 4:55 p.m. – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a unit of Anthem Inc., Indianapolis, has asked Maine insurance regulators for permission to increase 2003 rates an average of 26% for individual members of its Maine health maintenance organization programs.

The company is asking for permission to raise rates 7% for individual members of the indemnity insurance program it operates in Maine.

Maine insurance regulators have scheduled a hearing on the rate increase requests for 9 a.m. Oct. 22 in Room 209 of the Burton M. Cross State Office Building, Augusta, Maine.

Links to documents discussing Anthem’s requests, consumer group reactions and the upcoming hearing are available on the Web at http://www.state.me.us/pfr/ins/Anthem_2003_rate_filing.htm