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Anthem posts 18.2 percent rise in first-quarter profit

April 24 (Reuters) - Health insurer Anthem Inc reported an 18.2 percent rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday, as revenue from its commercial and government businesses rose.

Net income rose to $1.55 billion, or $5.91 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $1.31 billion, or $4.99 per share, a year earlier.

Total revenue rose to $24.67 billion from $22.54 billion. (Reporting by Tamara Mathias in Bengaluru)