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  • July 31- U.S. health insurer Cigna Corp said on Thursday that medical costs for its individual customers were higher than expected in the second quarter, adding to investor worries that spending is on the rise. Cigna shares fell 5 percent, and a sell-off begun early this week in other insurers including Aetna Inc and WellPoint Inc continued.

  • Cigna 2Q profit climbs 13 percent Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    BLOOMFIELD, Conn.— Cigna's second-quarter profit rose 13 percent to top Wall Street expectations as the health insurer collected more in fees and premiums. Cigna lifted its adjusted earnings projections for the year to between $7.20 and $7.40, up from a range of $7.05 to $7.35 a share earlier this year.

  • NAIROBI, July 31- KCB Bank, Kenya's largest lender by assets, plans to raise funds from international debt markets for lending to the real estate sector, its CEO said after announcing a 16 percent jump in first-half profit.

  • July 31- U.S. health insurer Cigna Corp said on Thursday second-quarter profit and revenue both rose as it took in more healthcare premiums and fees from more customers in its commercial business.

  • July 31- U.S. health insurer Cigna Corp said on Thursday that its second-quarter profit and revenue rose as it took in more healthcare premiums and fees from increased customers in its commercial business.

  • PARIS, July 31- France's biggest life insurer, CNP Assurances, reported first-half net profit up 3 percent as revenue growth in its main French market helped offset weakness in Latin America. Net insurance revenue rose 7.0 percent in France but declined by 4.2 percent in Latin America, negatively affected by the Brazilian real's depreciation.

  • TOKYO, July 31- Japanese government bonds fell on Thursday in sympathy with weaker U.S. Treasuries overnight, though dip-buying contained the losses. Buying was seen from regional investors and even from life insurers, market participants said.

  • Airline insurers brace for expensive year     Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 8:48 PM ET

    Franklin Bass, President of the Aviation Insurance Association, says insurance claims related to recent plane tragedies will exceed $1 billion this year.

  • UPDATE 1-MetLife profit misses estimates as claims rise Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 5:48 PM ET

    July 30- MetLife Inc reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as the largest U.S. life insurer paid out more in claims, sending its shares down nearly 2 percent.

  • July 30- Home and auto insurer Allstate Corp reported a 49 percent jump in quarterly profit as costs fell and the company earned more premiums. On an operating basis, Allstate reported earnings of $1.01 per share. Premiums earned at Allstate's property-liability division rose about 5 percent to $7.20 billion.

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- Ten months after the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, Obamacare's federal health insurance exchange is still dogged by cost overruns and technology delays that could hamper enrollment when it resumes in November, a U.S. watchdog said.

  • Allstate profit rises about 50 pct Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:22 PM ET

    July 30- Allstate Corp, the largest publicly traded home and auto insurer in the United States, reported a 48.6 percent rise in quarterly profit as net written premiums rise and operating expenses fall.

  • MetLife profit almost triples on derivative gains Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:19 PM ET

    July 30- MetLife Inc, the largest U.S. life insurer, reported a quarterly profit that almost tripled, helped by derivative gains. Net profit rose to $1.34 billion, or $1.17 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $471 million, or 43 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • July 30- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc reported a lower profit owing to higher costs on Wednesday, as mounting concerns about increased medical spending drove health insurance industry shares lower for a second straight day.

  • Navigating health care     Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 8:41 AM ET
    Surgeons, Cleveland Clinic's Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute - Cleveland, Ohio, US

    Toby Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic CEO, discusses the impact of the Affordable Care Act on patients, including what they will pay and the strain on the nation's Medicare and Medicaid systems. And Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, weighs in.

  • Obamacare not affordable for many: Aetna CEO     Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 8:22 AM ET
    Felue Chang who is newly insured through the Affordable Care Act receives a checkup from Dr. Peria Del Pino-White at the South Broward Community Health Services clinic on April 15, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida.

    Mark Bertolini, Aetna chairman & CEO, shares his thoughts on the Affordable Care Act. You have to have a more affordable system, says Bertolini.

  • July 30- U.S. health insurer WellPoint Inc on Wednesday reported a decline in second-quarter profit, but its closely watched medical costs as a percentage of premiums ratio improved and it beat Wall Street estimates. WellPoint beat Wall Street expectations because this ratio was less than foreseen, Leerink Partners analyst Ana Gupte said in a research note.

  • Aetna CEO: Utilization numbers up     Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 8:03 AM ET

    Mark Bertolini, Aetna chairman & CEO, discusses the company's quarterly results and the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

  • July 30- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc said on Wednesday that second-quarter profit fell due to investments in the exchanges created under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law as well as costly new hepatitis C drug treatments. Humana said membership growth and a lower share count due to stock buybacks had helped offset some of the new costs.

  • WellPoint 2Q tops Wall Street expectations Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:32 AM ET

    It still beat Wall Street expectations, and the nation's second-biggest health insurer raised its profit expectations for the year. For the three months ended June 30, WellPoint's net income declined to $731.1 million, or $2.56 per share, from $800.1 million, or $2.64 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

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