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  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- U.S. government health officials said on Wednesday that enrollment in 2016 individual insurance through the HealthCare.gov website is higher than it was a year ago at this time, with 1 million new customers signed up. Private insurers including Anthem Inc, Aetna Inc and UnitedHealth Group Inc are among the private insurers who sell plans on...

  • Behind the tricky balance of drug price and supply Wednesday, 2 Dec 2015 | 10:25 AM ET

    The national conversation on drug prices is getting louder, and patients increasingly want a voice in that discussion.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 1- UnitedHealth Group Inc's chief executive officer on Tuesday defended the company's possibly exiting the Obamacare health insurance exchanges in 2017, citing losses on health plans it said were designed to succeed. UnitedHealth last month warned of mounting losses and said it might pull out of the exchanges. That news surprised investors,...

  • United's insurance rivals seek to reassure markets Friday, 20 Nov 2015 | 3:42 PM ET
    Anthem Health Insurance headquarters on Feb.  5, 2015, in Indianapolis.

    After UnitedHealth warned it may exit Obamacare exchanges in 2017, its rivals Friday reaffirmed earnings forecasts.

  • Nov 20- U.S. health insurers Aetna Inc and Anthem Inc on Friday sought to reassure investors that their Obamacare businesses had not worsened after UnitedHealth Group Inc warned of mounting losses in that sector. The announcements came the day after UnitedHealth cut its earnings forecast and said it might exit the Obamacare exchanges in 2017. It said it was...

  • Obamacare architect: High-deductible plans overdone Friday, 20 Nov 2015 | 11:52 AM ET
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel

    Ezekiel Emanuel, a former health policy advisor, tells CNBC the plans offered on government-run exchanges need to be more affordable in order to boost participation rates.

  • Nov 20- U.S. health insurers Aetna Inc and Anthem Inc on Friday sought to reassure investors that their Obamacare businesses had not worsened after UnitedHealth Group Inc warned of mounting losses in that sector. Anthem, the second-largest player on the exchanges, was up 1.8 percent at $130.15 after falling 9 percent the previous day, and UnitedHealth gained...

  • Nov 20- Health insurer Aetna Inc said on Friday its individual commercial business has continued to perform in line with its expectations, echoing smaller rival Centene Corp after UnitedHealth Group Inc said it may exit the business. However, UnitedHealth said on Thursday it would evaluate if it will offer these plans in 2017 as it was unable to sustain losses...

  • Analyst: UnitedHealth move a 'wake-up call' for WH Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 7:14 PM ET
    Cusomers get information from a reception desk at a UnitedHealthcare store in Queens, New York.

    UnitedHealth offers plans in 24 states and covers half a million Americans, making it the largest health insurance company in the U.S.

  • UnitedHealth's Obamacare stunner: More to come? Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 3:39 PM ET
    Representatives speak with customers at a UnitedHealthcare store in Queens, New York.

    Other insurers face financial pressure from Obamacare plans, but the market has seen a net increase in the number of plans sold for 2016.

  • *UnitedHealth to decide next year whether to leave exchanges. Nov 19- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, warned on Thursday that it might stop selling individual health plans on the Obamacare exchanges in 2017, citing weak enrollment and high medical costs for people who did sign up. UnitedHealth's comments raise new questions about the...

  • UnitedHealth CEO: We may bail on Obamacare Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    UnitedHealth Group

    UnitedHealth cut its full-year profit forecast due to continued pressure on its Obamacare plans for individuals.

  • Cramer: UnitedHealth news 'very damning' for ACA Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 11:13 AM ET
    Alina Nurieva (right) sits with Gabriela Cisneros, an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, in Miami to pick an insurance plan in the third year of the Affordable Care Act.

    The "Squawk on the Street" crew discusses the likely outcome if UnitedHealth were to exit health-care exchanges set up by Obamacare.

  • Nov 19- Health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc cut its full-year profit forecast due to continued pressure on its Obamacare plans for individuals, and said it was evaluating to what extent it can continue to offer these plans in 2017.. "In recent weeks, growth expectations for individual exchange participation have tempered industry wide... so we are taking this...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 12- Two U.S. consumer groups announced the formation of a coalition with New York labor unions on Thursday to press antitrust regulators to oppose big insurance mergers that would cut the number of nationwide for-profit health insurers from five to three. The Coalition to Preserve Patient Choice, made up of the Consumer Federation of America,...

  • Nov 6- Health insurer Humana Inc, which agreed to be bought by Aetna Inc for $37 billion in July, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as it added more members to its individual Medicare Advantage business. Humana, which manages large Medicare Advantage health plans for the elderly and disabled, said individual Medicare Advantage membership rose...

  • Health insurer Humana's revenue rises 9.2 pct Friday, 6 Nov 2015 | 6:07 AM ET

    Nov 6- Health insurer Humana Inc, which agreed to be bought by Aetna Inc for $37 billion in July, reported a 9.2 percent rise in quarterly revenue as it added more members to its individual Medicare Advantage business. The company's net income rose to $314 million, or $2.09 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, from $290 million, or $1.85 per share, a year earlier.

  • Obamacare start-ups try moving beyond growing pains Monday, 2 Nov 2015 | 7:03 PM ET

    Reimbursement shortfalls are hurting slews of start-up companies that launched along with Obamacare. Here's how some are tackling the future.

  • Oct 29- Pfizer Inc, the No. 1 U.S. drugmaker, and Botox maker Allergan Plc said they were in friendly talks to create a pharmaceutical colossus but the prospect that the company would seek to avoid U.S. taxes sounded political alarm bells. Both New York- based Pfizer and Dublin- based Allergan said no agreement has been reached and declined to discuss any terms of the...

  • ACA has become the new third rail: Aetna CEO Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 | 3:10 PM ET
    ACA has become the new third rail: Aetna CEO

    Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini discusses drug price scrutiny, pulling Obamacare in two states, and the latest earnings report.