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January 17, 2013
09:09 EDTUNHUnitedHealth: January medical membership growth in excess of 600,000 people
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July 29, 2014
08:32 EDTUNHUnitedHealthcare, Tenet renew network relationship
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July 25, 2014
12:11 EDTUNHWellCare profit warning sinks managed care names
A number of managed care names are falling after one of the companies in the sector, WellCare (WCG), preannounced significantly weaker than expected results. UBS, however, recommends using the weakness in the sector as a buying opportunity. WHAT'S NEW: WellCare, which specializes in managing Medicaid and Medicare plans, preannounced a second quarter per share loss of 7c, excluding certain items. Analysts on average expected the company to report a per share profit of 90c. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. WellCare cut its full-year earnings per share guidance to $2.20-$2.50 from $4.40-$4.75. The company said recipients of a new Medicaid program in Florida utilized more medical services than expected since the company began administering the program in May. Additionally, the company took an impairment charge related to an acquisition and it had an unfavorable reserve development. ANALYST REACTION: The factors cited by WellCare for the cut in its guidance appear to be specific to that company, UBS analyst A.J. Rice wrote. Meanwhile, data from other companies that administer Medicaid plans indicate that the increased utilization costs in that state are also specific to WellCare, Rice contended. For example, Centene (CNC) reported Q2 results earlier this week and indicated that utilization trends for newly covered beneficiaries in Florida was largely in line with expectations, while UnitedHealth (UNH) said its Medicaid business had performed well last quarter, the analyst stated. Additionally, WellCare said that its higher than expected medical utilization costs had been caused primarily by drug costs that exceeded its forecast, Rice stated. Since drug costs tend to be known relatively quickly, United Health and Centene would have divulged any issues with drug costs in conjunction with their Q2 results, Rice said. The analyst recommended that investors buy Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), United Health and WellPoint (WLP) on any weakness today. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Aetna fell 1.5% to $83, Cigna lost 1% to $95.50, UnitedHealth lost 1% to $84.50, WellPoint slid 1.5% to $113.50 and Centene tumbled 7% to $74 while WellCare plunged 19% to $62.
July 24, 2014
06:50 EDTUNHConsumers received $9B in refunds from health insurers, The Hill says
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July 22, 2014
13:46 EDTUNHCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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10:43 EDTUNHAppeals court bars subsidies in health care law
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of President Obama's healthcare law by siding today with plaintiffs who argued that the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. The appeals court stated, "Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges 'established by the State,' we reverse the district court and vacate the IRSís regulation." Twenty-seven states decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out, according to the Washington Post.
July 21, 2014
11:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth, Banner Health Network announce collaboration
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTUNHMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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08:45 EDTUNHUnitedHealth price target raised to $94 from $84 at Oppenheimer
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July 17, 2014
16:52 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:18 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:13 EDTUNHUnitedHealth expects improving environment in 2016 and beyond
Expects to expand up to two dozen state exchanges in 2014. Project 6% commercial medical cost trend for 2016, with costs in line with company's plan and remains moderate. Expects margins to reach 7% this year, in line with original forecast. Expects Optum revenue to accelerate in 2H14, and particularly in Q4. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 Optum revenue $11.7B
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06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth raises low end of FY14 EPS to $5.50-$5.60 from $5.40-$5.60
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06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 EPS $1.42, consensus $1.26
Reports Q2 revenue $32.57B, consensus $32B
July 16, 2014
15:27 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:32 EDTUNHUnitedHealth July 84 straddle priced for 2.8% move into Q2

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