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Continued: Optum helps push profit up 15 percent at UnitedHealth

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 16, 2014 - 9:09 PM

UnitedHealth is only partici­pating in a dozen state-based exchanges in this inaugural year. Analysts such as Gupte believe the stance makes United­Health “poised for more upside than downside” in 2014.

“The industry as a whole is conservative, but [UnitedHealth is] probably more conservative even than their peers,” she said. “Next year they’ll have better margin performance at the expense of membership, but margins drive this business as far as immediate earnings. You have to balance that with growth outlook in the long term.”

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