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The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

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(For Immediate Release)

UNITEDHEALTH GROUP PROVIDES 2015 EARNINGS UPDATE, INITIAL 2016 VIEW

Revises 2015 EPS Outlook to Approximately $6.00 Per Share

Expects $425 Million or $0.26 Per Share Reduction in Fourth Quarter 2015 Earnings

Driven by 2015 and 2016 Individual Exchange Product Pressure

Projects Earnings of $7.10 to $7.30 Per Share in 2016

NEW YORK, N.Y.

(November 19, 2015) - UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) today reported revised expectations for 2015, reflecting a continui ng deterioration in individual exchange-compliant product performance, and provided an initial outlook for 2016.

“In recent weeks, growth expectations for individual exchange participation have tempered industrywide, co-operatives have failed, and market data has signaled higher risks and more difficulties while our own claims experience has deteriorated, so we are taking this proactive step,” said Stephen J. Hemsley, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group. “We continue to be pleased with the growth and overall performance of our Company outside of the individual exchange products and look forward to strong, positive and broad based earnings growth across our enterprise in 2016.”

The Company’s revised 2015 net earnings outlook of approximately $6.00 per share reflects expected pre-tax earnings pressure of $425 million or $0.26 per share, including $275 million related to the advance recognition of 2016 losses. The earnings pressure is driven by projected losses on individual exchange-compliant products related to the 2015 and 2016 policy years.

The remainder of the business continues to perform in line with expectations. The Company noted strong growth momentum and performance in all other benefit market segments and distinguished performance in its services businesses.

UnitedHealth Group expects net earnings of $7.10 to $7.30 per share in 2016 and will provide more detail on its outlook at its Investor Conference on December 1, 2015.

UnitedHealthcare has pulled back on its marketing efforts for individual exchange products in 2016. The Company is evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment and will determine during the first half of 2016 to what extent it can continue to serve the public exchange markets in 2017. UnitedHealthcare remains a strong supporter of sustainable efforts to ensure access to affordable, quality care for all Americans, and has advocated publicly for this for more than 20 years, including as one of the first businesses to focus on serving people through managed Medicaid and Medicare.

About UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and...


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