Anthem, Inc., and Cigna Corp. both reported slightly better-than-expected medical loss ratios (MLRs) as part of their first-quarter 2020 earnings, in part due to delays in elective procedures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Both insurers also reaffirmed their overall earnings-per-share (EPS) guidance for 2020. But like UnitedHealth Group, which reported its own first quarter earnings on April 15 (HPW 4/20/20, p. 3), the insurers warned that MLRs may tick up later this year. In addition, they predicted that the impact of COVID-19 may lead to significant shifts in enrollment, as workers who are laid off shift to Medicaid or to the Affordable Care Act exchanges.
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