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Optum: PPACA exchange website rescue hero

(AP photo/Jim Mone)
(AP photo/Jim Mone)

(Bloomberg) -- UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UH) sells insurance on only a few public exchanges, but it stands to profit from the exchange program anyway.

The company’s Optum technology unit helped the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fix the glitch-plagued HHS exchange enrollment system, and managers of many state-based exchanges are using the unit to salvage their own enrollment systems.

Optum’s role as a go-to company for governments with health-exchange problems has been something of a surprise, given that its parent company -- the nation’s largest commercial health insurer -- has been wary of embracing the public exchange system.

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