Optum helps push profit up 15 percent at UnitedHealth

  • Article by: Jackie Crosby , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 16, 2014 - 9:09 PM

Swelling enrollment in insurance plans also continued to drive growth in the 4th quarter.

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dlzabzJan. 16, 14 9:57 AM

Stock is down $2 or 3%. Way to write a headline to play to your DFL UHG hating readers.

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milesj220Jan. 16, 1410:58 AM

@dlzabz...Great job at stating todays stock price. Its still up almost 20$ from their price last year. Of course it did take a dip in October when the affordable health care act came about, however it rebounded nicely to its highest mark ever. I have a feeling people started selling when that happened. I think UHG is going to be okay.

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jeff4649Jan. 16, 1411:01 AM

Great news if you're a director or above {huge bonus}. Good news if your lower than director since they will likely only lay off a couple hundred vs. a couple of thousand which is the norm.

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mplsjimJan. 16, 1411:51 AM

A great company, but...is this market transparent, are services understood by consumers and are the prices they pay competitive, do providers push suppliers to lower their costs? No, not much, and not at all. Guess this means I am a DFL UHG hater, huh? How can free market ideologues attack DFLers for this when their semi-sacred ideology means this is not a very good thing? We cannot expect UHG to fix a flawed market.

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mtkamacJan. 16, 14 1:30 PM

I for one am proud that Minnesota is home to such a strong, well run company. I know they employe many thousands of Minnesotan's with good paying job - and contribute god knows how many 10s of millions, maybe even hundreds of millions to the state through various taxes. Well done team at UHG.

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tooklebigJan. 16, 14 4:56 PM

There will be more $$billions in profits next year for helping out to debug ObamaCare and MNCare.

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sunnydqJan. 25, 14 6:44 PM

Incredibly poor reimbursements to MD's, DDS's over decades by UNH and (all insurance and medical/dental benefits companies) have contributed to the profitability. This profit is on the backs of the providers of those who provide the care who get reimbursed late and for less than the cost of care.

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