Here’s yet one more carrier with increased profits and in the news Aetna stated they were going to cut unprofitable contracts with employers to attain greater profits. image If you read further Aetna says they stand to make even more money with their projections.  Membership is down but profits are up.  The company spent 81.8 percent on medical care under the new 85% federal government rules upcoming. 

Will Aetna Cut More Members in the Future – Questions Arise after Recent Contract Announcements

They also had a short lived contract with Tri-Care until their bid was thrown out for conflict of interest and/or cheating, what ever you want to call it.

UnitedHealth Receives $21.8B military health care contract With DOD Tri-Care – Aetna Gains Northern Region

Aetna did secure Bank of America as a new major employer contract. 

Here Come the Health Coaches - Aetna Locks Contract with Bank of America for Health Insurance for 3 Years – Cigna Lines Up 3 Major Employers

Also announced this week, some pharmacy benefit manager agreements with CVS that will stand to cut expenses and they Aetna unloads 800 employees over to Caremark.  We have Blue Cross to announce tomorrow and it is expected they will have a good quarter as well.  BD 

Aetna Commits to CVS With 12 Year Contract for Pharmacy Benefit Management Services To Serve Almost 10 Million Members

LOS ANGELES — Health insurer Aetna Inc. said late Tuesday its second-quarter profit rose 42 percent, as the percentage of premiums the company spent on medical care fell versus a year ago.

The insurer said it earned $491 million, or $1.14 a share, in the three months ended June 30. That compares with net income of $346.6 million, or 77 cents a share, in the same period last year.

Aetna earned $450.2 million, or $1.05 a share, excluding one-time items. The company also raised its forecast for its 2010 operating earnings.

Total second-quarter revenue fell to $8.54 billion from $8.67 billion, in part due to a drop in premium revenue from lower commercial insured membership.

In the second quarter, the insurer spent 81.8 percent of its premium revenue on medical care, down from 86.8 percent. It spent 80.1 percent of its premium revenue on medical care for its commercial insurance business, down from 85.9 percent.

The Associated Press: Aetna posts higher 2Q profit up 42 percent


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