arrowThe good news is that the largest provider of health plans in the state is increas­ing HMO rates only 4.14% and PPO rates even less at 3.76% It’s still a big num­ber as they will be spend­ing $8.9 bil­lion for the cov­er­age of 1.4 mil­lion active and retired state, local gov­ern­ment and school employ­ees and their families…but it is a good sign.