'Big 6' payers ranked by 2021 profits

Profits were down year over year for half of the country's largest payers in 2021, but didn't stop double-digit growth for others. 

Here are the largest six payers ranked by 2021 profit:

1. UnitedHealthcare: $17.3 billion (up 12.2 percent year over year)

2. CVS Health: $13.2 billion (down 5.2 percent year over year) 

3. Anthem: $7.5 billion (up 17.8 percent year over year)*

4. Cigna: $5.4 billion (down 36.7 percent year over year)

5. Humana: $3.4 billion (down 27.1 percent year over year)

6. Centene: $3 billion (up 5 percent year over year)

*Denotes operating gain

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