A “Volatile Marketplace”: Second Quarter Earnings Calls Offer Glimpse of How Insurers Are Faring on ACA Marketplaces—and What 2017 Might Bring

By Sabrina Corlette, Kevin Lucia and Emily Curran

This has been a turbulent year for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. As part of CHIR’s ongoing efforts to better understand how the post-ACA insurance markets are evolving, we reviewed the 2016 second-quarter (Q2) earnings calls and financial filings of several large, publicly traded insurers that participate on the marketplaces: Aetna, Anthem, Centene, Cigna, Humana, Molina, and United. While the picture provided by these calls and financial reports is limited – dozens of other participating insurers are not required to report to investors because of their nonprofit or private status – they can help us better understand some of the trends affecting the marketplaces’ stability, including insurer exits from some health insurance marketplaces and increases in 2017 premiums.

A detailed summary of our review can be found on the Commonwealth Fund’s To the Point site. To learn more about what insurers are reporting about their marketplace experience and business strategies for 2017, click here.

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