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April 9, 2012
10:42 EDTWCG, MOH, AET, CNC, UNH, AGPMedicaid pure-plays decline after losing Ohio Medicaid contracts
Ohio said on Friday that it had selected Aetna (AET) and United Healthcare (UNH) to provide service to Ohioans enrolled in Medicaid beginning on January 1, 2013. The state decided not to renew the contracts of Medicaid pure-plays Amerigroup (AGP), Centene (CNC), Molina Healthcare (MOH), and WellCare (WCG). In a note to investors today, Deutsche Bank wrote that Ohio's decision is disappointing for the pure-plays, especially given the large, mature and profitable nature of the Ohio Medicaid market. However, Deutsche believes that Ohio's decision will likely have the most negative impact on Molina, but be more manageable for the other three companies. The firm notes that Ohio was Molina's largest single health plan market in 2011 and accounted for nearly 22% of its premium revenue. Deutsche adds that Ohio accounted for 7% of the total 2011 enrollment of Centene and WellCare, and less than 3% of Amerigroup's Q4 enrollment. Centene said that it would "formally protest" the state's decision, while Molina stated in an SEC filing that it's "evaluating whether to pursue" an appeal. In mid-morning trading, Molina plunged 24.36% to $26.48, Amerigroup slid 4.63% to $64.33, Centene lost 13.25% to $44.08, and WellCare sank 6.32% to $69.55.
News For MOH;AGP;CNC;WCG;UNH;AET From The Last 14 Days
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January 29, 2015
08:44 EDTUNHUnitedHealth selects Gilead's Harvoni for hepatitis C coverage, Reuters says
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January 27, 2015
18:05 EDTAETAetna in three-year reinsurance arrangement with Vitality Re VI Limited
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January 26, 2015
12:39 EDTUNH, WCG, MOH, CNC, AGP, AETHHS Secretary orders Medicare to change payment method, WSJ says
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06:03 EDTCNCCentene to acquire Agate Resources
Centene announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Agate Resources, a diversified holding company that offers an array of healthcare products and services to Oregon residents. Agate is based in Eugene, Oregon. Trillium Community Health Plan, Inc., a subsidiary of Agate, participates in Oregon's Coordinated Care Organization model to provide Medicaid services to Oregon Health Plan members in Lane County, Oregon. Trillium also provides coverage to Medicare beneficiaries through a Medicare Advantage plan and participates on the Cover Oregon health insurance marketplace. Terry Coplin, the CEO of Agate, and the existing management team will continue to lead the local operations of Agate. The transaction is expected to close in Q3, subject to customary closing conditions, including Oregon regulatory approval. The deal is expected to be accretive to EPS in the first twelve months following close.
January 22, 2015
08:15 EDTUNHUnitedHealth price target raised to $125 from $115 at Leerink
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January 21, 2015
09:16 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth: Employer & Individual revenues decreased to $43B in 2014
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06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth: ACA negatively impacted FY earnings by $1.00 per share
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06:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth sees FY15 EPS $6.00-$6.25, consensus $6.17
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q4 EPS $1.55, consensus $1.50
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January 20, 2015
15:21 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:57 EDTUNHUnitedHealth volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 18, 2015
17:40 EDTAETAetna customers can switch coverage after mistake, Bloomberg says
Aetna is being investigated by the U.S. for misleading elderly and disabled people about which pharmacies would fill prescriptions in Medicare drug plans the health insurer sold them, says Bloomberg. According to the Bloomberg report, customers will be able to quit their coverage and choose a new plan this year as a result. Raymond Thorn, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Aetna may be fined or prohibited from enrolling new Medicare customers if the agency determines it intentionally misled Medicare patients, added Bloomberg. Reference Link

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