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Medicare decision lifts health care stocks

As a group, health care stocks rose 1.4 percent on Tuesday.

Linda Davidson/Washington Post

As a group, health care stocks rose 1.4 percent on Tuesday.

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Health care providers rallied the most among the S&P 500’s 10 groups as the government said it will cancel a planned reduction in a key Medicare payment rate. Instead, insurers will receive a 3.3 percent increase in the rate, which determines the payments they get for running the government’s Medicare Advantage plans. Humana climbed 5.5 percent, while UnitedHealth Group advanced 4.7 percent. Aetna gained 3.7 percent.

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