SOURCE: StockCall


December 08, 2010 08:36 ET

Equity Research on Aetna Inc. and Unitedhealth Group Inc. -- Health Care Plans Sector Pressured by Government Regulations

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2010) - offers investors comprehensive research on the health care plans industry and has completed analytical research on Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) and Unitedhealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH). Register with us today at to have free access to these researches. 

Since the onset of the Obama administration's healthcare reform bill in Mid-March, much of the healthcare sector has been hurt by regulations. Through all of this, the Health Care Plans sector has managed to remain somewhat stable. While the recent realization that a part of the healthcare reform will set limits on the percentage of premiums insurers are able to devote toward profits and administrative costs will likely diminish the sector's revenue streams significantly, companies have managed to maintain strong net incomes despite shrinking income streams due to a drop in claims during the recession. Register now at to have free access to our reports on the health care plans industry. is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the health care plans industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Aetna Inc. and Unitedhealth Group Inc.; investors and shareholders of these companies can simply register for a complimentary membership at

The Health Care Plan sector will also see some of its programs become obsolete in 2014 when the reform is slated to kick in. Currently, the providers offer very minimal plans for low income workers in large corporate settings. The needs for these plans will be eliminated in 2014 when most low-income healthcare will be covered through governmental tax credits. Visit to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

For the third quarter of this year, diversified healthcare benefits group Aetna Inc. saw its earnings climb by 53%v to $497.6 million on lower costs and benefits. The medical benefit ratio for the quarter dropped by 81.8%. Aetna Inc. research report is accessible for free by registering today at

Unitedhealth Group Inc., on the other hand, posted Q3 2010 profits of $1.28 billion on revenue of $23.67 billion, both were on an increase of 23% and 9.1% respectively. Unitedhealth Group Inc. research report is available for free by signing up now at

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