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  • 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.

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

  • July 30- U.S. health insurer WellPoint Inc said on Wednesday that profit fell in the second quarter, partly because of some higher administrative costs stemming from the healthcare reform law and new fees, but it still came in ahead of Wall Street estimates.

  • July 29- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, reported a rise in medical costs on Tuesday, raising investor concerns that a long run of low growth in such costs might be ending and pushing shares in the industry lower.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- Ally Financial Inc reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday as auto lending jumped 11 percent to the second-highest level in the company's history. The former financing arm of General Motors Co said it had earned $323 million, or 54 cents per share, in the second quarter.

  • July 29- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, on Tuesday reported a higher second-quarter profit, helped by last year's acquisition of Medicare and Medicaid provider Coventry Health Care. Aetna reported net income of $549 million, or $1.52 per share, up from $536 million, or $1.49 per share, a year earlier.

  • Aetna says second-quarter profit rose Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    July 29- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, said on Tuesday that its second-quarter profit rose, helped by the acquisition of Medicare and Medicaid provider Coventry last year. Aetna reported net income of $549 million, or $1.52 per share, up from $536 million, or $1.49 per share, a year earlier.

  • The push back on Sovaldi     Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:52 PM ET

    Insurance companies are hurting from the high cost of hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. Arthur Caplan, NYU Langone Medical Center, and CNBC's Bertha Coombs, share their opinions.

  • The $84,000 drug debate     Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports which insurance stocks are hurting from the high cost of hepatitis C Sovaldi.

  • Drug costs hit insurers: Gilead still a buy?     Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports which insurance stocks are feeling the pressure from high drug costs. FMHR trader Stephen Weiss advises investors to stick with Gilead.

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