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AMERIGROUP Reports Q3 Net Income of $22.5 Million or $0.43 per Diluted Share
Date:10/30/2009

es increased $14.1 million, or 1.1%, compared with the second quarter of 2009. The sequential increase primarily reflects membership gains in the TANF population across most markets partially offset by increased accruals for the experience rebate in Texas.

In October, the Company received final confirmation of its rate increase in Georgia, which is retroactive to July 1, 2009. The retroactive value of approximately $3.0 million was not booked in the third quarter of 2009. The Company expects to recognize the retroactive portion of the rate increase associated with the third quarter in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Investment Income and Other Revenues

Third quarter investment income and other revenues were $5.3 million versus $17.6 million in the third quarter of 2008 and compared to $6.5 million in the second quarter of 2009. Investment income declined slightly on a sequential basis due to a decrease in yields.

Health Benefits

Health benefits expenses, as a percent of premium revenues, were 87.5% for the third quarter of 2009 versus 82.0% in the third quarter of 2008, and compared to 85.9% in the second quarter of 2009.

The third quarter health benefits ratio is elevated due to ongoing increases in outpatient medical costs. As the Company discussed at its September 2009 investor day, outpatient costs began increasing at higher trend rates relative to historical experience in the first quarter. As expected, the higher trends appear to have continued into the third quarter. Some of the primary drivers include increases in emergency room services, ambulatory surgery and physician services. In contrast, inpatient hospital costs have remained stable and within the Company's expected range.

In addition to higher general trends in outpatient costs, the Company believes that the health benefits ratio was elevated further in the third quarter due to a significant spike in
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