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  • A positive side effect of health-insurance mergers Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
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    A couple of big health-insurance mergers could have a very positive side effect, says consultant Jon Kaplan.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- U.S. hospitals urged antitrust regulators this week to consider whether health insurer Anthem Inc's planned acquisition of rival Cigna Corp would boost healthcare costs. In many of those markets, the American Hospital Association said, there are no strong competitors to buy assets that Anthem or Cigna might want to sell to pass muster with...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- U.S. hospitals urged antitrust regulators this week to consider whether health insurer Anthem Inc's planned acquisition of rival Cigna Corp would boost healthcare costs. In many of those markets, the American Hospital Association said, there are no strong competitors to buy assets that Anthem or Cigna might want to sell to pass muster with...

  • *Medicaid memberships rise 10.8 pct. Last month, Anthem Inc said it would buy Cigna Corp and Aetna Inc announced the acquisition of Humana Inc.. The deals could present acquisition opportunities for WellCare and rival Centene Corp as Anthem and Aetna might have to sell some Medicare Advantage plans to satisfy antitrust regulators.

  • Aug 5- WellCare Health Plans Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly net profit and raised its forecast for full-year adjusted earnings, as the health insurer added more Medicaid members and managed its costs better. Memberships in WellCare's Medicaid plans, which offer government-sponsored insurance to low-income families, rose 10.8 percent to...

  • Aetna piecing together mega deal Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 3:17 PM ET
    Aetna piecing together mega deal

    Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini, discusses the company's decision to raise its guidance for the year, competition in the Medicare space and the Humana deal.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 4- Aetna Inc Chief Executive Mark Bertolini said on Tuesday the company is talking to federal and state officials on its $37 billion acquisition of Humana Inc and that there is enough insurance competition for it to receive approval. If Aetna or Humana need to divest in a market because of the competitive dynamics, "there will be plenty of competitors...

  • Aetna posts Q2 profits Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Aetna posts Q2 profits

    Aetna reports better-than-expected Q2 profit; raises guidance for the year.

  • Aug 4- Aetna Inc on Tuesday reported a better-than-expected adjusted net profit for the second quarter and said "moderate" medical costs boosted the profitability of its government Medicare and Medicaid plans. The third-largest U.S. health insurer, which is in the process of buying rival Humana Inc, also raised its full-year forecast for adjusted net profit to...

  • Early movers: AET, TIME, REGN, BABA, ADM & more Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 7:54 AM ET
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    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • The third-largest U.S. health insurer, which is in the process of buying rival Humana Inc, also raised its full-year forecast for adjusted net profit to at least $7.40 per share from $7.20- $7.40. Aetna agreed to buy Humana in early July for $37 billion, just weeks before Anthem Inc and Cigna Corp reached a deal for $47 billion. Aetna's net profit rose to $731.8...

  • Health insurer Aetna's profit rises 33 pct Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 6:16 AM ET

    Aug 4- Health insurer Aetna Inc, which is in the process of buying rival Humana Inc for $37 billion, reported a 33 percent rise in quarterly profit as it added more members to its government plans. Aetna's net profit rose to $731.8 million, or $2.08 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $548.8 million, or $1.52 per share, a year earlier.

  • Markets find new sources of angst Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 6:03 AM ET
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    There's no correlation between crude oil and the S&P 500 right now but there has been at times in the past, said John Kosar of Asbury Research.

  • Markets find new sources of angst Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 7:03 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    There's no correlation between crude oil and the S&P 500 right now but there has been at times in the past, said John Kosar of Asbury Research.

  • Government plays bigger role for health insurers Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 2:20 PM ET
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    For health insurers, government health programs have become an increasingly important part of their business.

  • Jobs data big, but no slam dunk for rate hike Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 6:37 PM ET
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    August is here, bringing the final few pieces of data the Fed has left to consider before it holds its rates meeting in September.

  • July 30- Health insurer Cigna Corp, which agreed last week to be bought by Anthem Inc for $47 billion, said on Thursday that medical services use was low in the second quarter, helping to keep costs in check and beat Wall Street profit estimates. Cigna's report of a continued low utilization trend backs up a growing industry view of this closely watched component of...

  • July 29- Health insurer Anthem Inc, which plans to buy rival Cigna Corp for $54 billion, on Wednesday said medical costs, particularly in its Medicaid and Medicare businesses, were at the low end of expectations and helped boost second-quarter profit. On July 3, No. 3 health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy rival Humana Inc and Anthem on Friday said it would acquire...

  • July 29- Health insurer Humana Inc, which earlier this month agreed to be bought by Aetna Inc for $37 billion, on Wednesday reported a rise in a key medical cost metric that missed analyst expectations. Humana's consolidated benefit ratio, or the ratio of its spending on medical claims versus premium revenue it takes in, was 85.2 percent compared with 83.1 percent...

  • July 29- Health insurer Anthem Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by strong enrollments in its government business, particularly Medicaid. Managed care companies that sell government-sponsored plans for the under-insured or uninsured have benefited from the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, boosting revenue in that...