Stocks that could possibly benefit include: Community Health Systems ( CYH), Tenet Healthcare ( THC), Universal Health Services ( UHS) and HCA ( HCA).
Health insurers that will gain access to millions more new patients. As I said in a previous article, "Insurers hate the idea of being forced to extend insurance to high-risk patients. Yet, they agreed to take on these patients as long as all patients -- high-risk and low-risk -- were enrolled. Insurers realized that if they had to cover any patients seeking coverage, without all being required to participate, then people would simply wait until they got sick to apply for insurance. " Stocks that could benefit from this ruling include Coventry Health ( CVH), United Health ( UNH), Humana ( HUM) and Aetna ( AET), although I would caution against buying these stocks strictly because of this news, as some experts feel differently about whether these stocks would benefit, and it will likely take a while for this to play out before we really know for sure.