AMERIGROUP Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Managed health care provider AMERIGROUP (NYS: AGP) had an unhealthy day today, dropping 12% in intraday trading today after Medicare cuts were announced late Friday.

So what: Late Friday, Medicare announced an 11% reduction in rates for its skilled nursing facilities, effective next fiscal year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also said there was an unexpected increase in nursing home payments this fiscal year.

Now what: A hoped-for 1.5% funding increase for skilled nursing facilities is now off the table. Stocks of Humana (NYS: HUM) , WellCare Health Plans (NYS: WCG) , UnitedHealth Group (NYS: UNH) , WellPoint (NYSE WLP), Aetna (NYSE AET), and Cigna (NYS: CI) are also ailing today. The sell-off follows on the heels of another big plunge last Friday, after AMERIGROUP reported disappointing earnings.

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