SOURCE: Research Driven Investing

Research Driven Investing

January 29, 2013 08:20 ET

The Affordable Care Act to Drive Growth Within the Health Care Sector in 2013

Research Driven Investing Provides Stocks Research on Aetna and WellPoint

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jan 29, 2013) - Health Care stocks have been on an impressive run to start 2013. The Affordable Care Act will provide millions of Americans with access to healthcare, creating new revenue streams for companies across the sector. Research Driven Investing examines investing opportunities in the Health Care Sector and provides equity research on Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) and WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP).

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The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requires every American to acquire health insurance by 2014 or be subjected to a tax. For those who can't afford health insurance they will be offered subsidies or Medicaid. Statistics from the Census Bureau show that approximately 50 million Americans did not have health insurance in 2009.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services total health care spending is projected to grow from an estimated $2.8 trillion last year to $4.8 trillion by 2021, an increase of 70 percent. "There's just a lot more money flowing into health care and we're seeing the markets react accordingly," says Invesco portfolio manager, Derek Taner.

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Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. The company has recently announced that they will begin offering individual health insurance plans to Costco members in California. Aetna is scheduled to release fourth quarter and full year 2012 results on Thursday, January 31st.

WellPoint has approximately 36 million people in their affiliated health plans, and approximately 66 million people are served through their subsidiaries. The company reported a net income of $464.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to a net income of $335.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Shares of WellPoint have gained over 8 percent year-to-date.

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