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Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare: What Investors Need to Know Now

By Michael Douglass and Max Macaluso – Feb 17, 2014 at 6:30PM

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These 3 areas have the potential to drive tremendous revenue and profitability changes for national insurers.

Increasingly, national insurers like WellPoint (ELV -0.24%) and Aetna (AET) are relying on diversification to help generate new revenue and greater profitability. The public exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, are a perfect example of an area where both insurers have the potential to grow membership organically.

Both insurers also made big acquisitions last year to increase their exposure to Medicare and Medicaid managed care. WellPoint bought Amerigroup, for $4.5 billion, while Aetna purchased Coventry Health, for $7.3 billion. This diversification has grown revenue at both insurers, but it also leaves their business models exposed to more factors outside their control.

In the video below, health care analysts Michael Douglass and Max Macaluso discuss the three largest outside factors that every investor in the insurance industry should know.

Max Macaluso, Ph.D. has no position in any stocks mentioned. Michael Douglass has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends WellPoint. The Motley Fool owns shares of WellPoint. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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