Feb 6 Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S.
health insurer, on Thursday said fourth quarter profit rose due
to the acquisition of Coventry Healthcare and forecast an
increase in medical customers in its private Medicare business
Aetna, which had 22.2 million medical customers at the end
of 2013, said it expected to add 110,000 new private Medicare
customers in the first quarter. Government-paid healthcare
programs, like Medicare for older people, is one of the
fastest-growing businesses for insurers.
Aetna reported net income of $369 million, or $1 per share,
up from $190 million, or 56 cents per share, a year earlier.