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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Joe Zubretsky
Aetna, one of the nation's biggest health insurers, claimed a bigger stake in the burgeoning market for government-funded coverage Monday when it announced plans to buy a leading provider of Medicaid and Medicare coverage for $5.7 billion.
"We believe this acquisition positions us very well for all possible scenarios," he said.
"You need to be in all of those businesses with the ability to track your members through their life stages so that you can keep them in an Aetna product," Aetna Chief Financial Officer Joe Zubretsky said. "We don't think the market fully appreciates that, but we're very focused on that."