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Aetna earnings jump on growth in Medicare, Medicaid health plans
USA Today

U.S. health insurance giant Aetna (AET) beat Wall Street forecasts Monday as the company reported higher fourth-quarter profits and reaffirmed plans to complete its acquisition of smaller rival Humana this year.

The Hartford, Conn.-based company credited the results in part to growth in membership and premiums as Aetna boosted its government business that sells Medicare and Medicaid health plans to U.S. consumers.

However, Aetna tempered investor expectations with a lower than expected forecast for 2016 earnings.