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Shares of UnitedHealth (UNH -1.9%), Humana (HUM -2.0%) and HealthSpring (HS -1.2%) are lower, as...

Shares of UnitedHealth (UNH -1.9%), Humana (HUM -2.0%) and HealthSpring (HS -1.2%) are lower, as the government is expected to announce cuts of as much as 4% in Medicare Advantage payments to health insurers. "We cannot see an outcome, even with flat rates, that leads to earnings growth," says one analyst.
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  • Jason Tillberg
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    Expect many orders of Austerity here too. Who makes these orders?? (sarcasm)
    19 Feb 2010, 10:41 AM Reply Like
  • jpiretti
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    You could call it austerity if benefits were actually cut, but when Medicare Advantage (fee for service) was enacted in 2004, it paid a 14% premium to the private sector without any additional benefits (except for health clubs) along with being much more confusing for seniors.
    19 Feb 2010, 11:50 AM Reply Like
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