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Anthem voices optimism on ACA exchange growth prospects

Health insurer Anthem aims to pull a small profit this year from the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges, and its CEO said Wednesday he's "really glad" to be serving nearly 1 million people in this still-developing market.

The Blue Cross-Blue Shield carrier's message arrived about a week after rival UnitedHealth Group said it was bleeding money on the exchanges and slashing its presence down to a handful of states. But Anthem delivered its optimism with a big caveat.

CEO Joseph Swedish said the state-based exchange business still needs to be stabilized, and they are talking with government officials about ways to accomplish that.