NU Online News Service, Aug. 30, 2004, 6:10 p.m. EDT

Higher rates helped U.S. health maintenance organizations earn $10 billion in profits in 2003, up 86% from the total for 2002.[@@]

Weiss Ratings Inc., Jupiter, Fla., gives those figures in its latest HMO profit report.

The report includes information about 502 HMOs.