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News For HNT;THC From The Last 14 Days
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March 2, 2015
10:02 EDTTHCHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: MNTA NTRI KOS NST GSAT THC CHL MSI CAKE NXPI
07:20 EDTHNTCowen to hold a conference
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February 24, 2015
11:26 EDTTHCTenet rises over 3% after reporting Q4 results, backing FY15 outlook
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTHNT, THCLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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15:23 EDTTHCNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:21 EDTHNTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTHNTHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
08:05 EDTHNTCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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February 18, 2015
06:56 EDTHNTObamacare enrollment exceeded goal, Politico reports
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February 17, 2015
06:47 EDTTHCJudge halts illegal immigrant amnesty plan, NY Times says
A federal judge ordered the Obama administration to stop implementing its plan to prevent up to 5M illegal immigrants from being deported, according to The New York Times. The judge, who ruled that the government had failed to adhere to certain administrative rules in carrying out the president's executive actions on immigration, ordered the programs halted until he makes a final decision on the case, the newspaper explained. A number of analysts have said that the amnesty plan will hurt hospitals, since illegal immigrants who are granted legal status by the orders will not be able to obtain health insurance but will become more likely to seek treatment from hospitals. Publicly traded companies in the space include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).Reference Link

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