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Health insurer Humana profit rises 15.3 pct

May 1 - U.S. health insurer Humana Inc reported a 15.3 percent rise in first-quarter profit on Wednesday, on higher sales of its government Medicare health plans for people older than 65 and the disabled.

Humana said its net income rose to $566 million, or $4.16 per share, in the quarter ended March 31 from $491 million, or $3.53 per share, a year earlier.

Total revenue rose to $16.12 billion from $14.28 billion. (Reporting by Tamara Mathias in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)