So far, there appears to be nothing but good news for the fourhealth insurance companies involved in two massive mergers that arecurrently awaiting approval by federal regulators.

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Less than two weeks ago, Anthem, which plans to purchase Cignain a record $48 billion deal, reported profits that outpacedexpectations. Late last week, Cigna similarly reportedbetter-than-anticipated figures for the third quarter.

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Revenue for the Connecticut-based company’s commercial andgovernment insurance plans rose 8 percent during the third quarter,to $6.62 billion. Enrollment in its government plans also increasedby 8 percent.

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However, just like Anthem, Cigna’s profits were partially offsetby a decrease in enrollment in its individual private plans. Thedips are part of a national trend that is worrisome tothose in charge of implementing the Patient Protection andAffordable Care Act.

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Due to confusion over paperwork and high costs, a significantnumber of people who have signed up for plans on the PPACAinsurance exchanges have either dropped their plans or been kickedoff. Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish has also attributed the dip inenrollment in his company’s individual plans to “unsustainable”pricing from competitors.

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Things are also looking good at Humana, whose shareholdersapproved a $37 billion purchase offer from rival Aetna. Humana’sestimated third quarter profits rose by three cents a share. Thesuccess is largely driven by a 14 percent increase in enrollment inits Medicare Advantage plans.

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Like the other major insurers, Humana took a hit in theindividual market, seeing its enrollment in such plans decline by11 percent.

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"We remain cautious with regard to our expectations around 2016earnings growth due to the ongoing challenges in the individualcommercial business," Humana's Chief Financial Officer Brian Kanesaid in a statement.

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