Failed Aetna merger boosts Humana's Q1 profit

Humana reported net income of $1.12 billion in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, up from $254 million in the same period of the year prior.

The insurer primarily attributed the financial growth to a net gain of $947 million associated with the termination of its merger agreement with Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna and higher retail segment earnings year over year.

"Our first quarter results strongly reinforce Humana's strength as an independent company," Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard said in a prepared statement. "We believe that concentrating on what we do best — helping seniors with chronic conditions — solidly positions us to drive multi-year quality Medicare Advantage growth, while leveraging our healthcare services businesses to reduce costs and improve the clinical outcomes of this membership."


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