Scott Fidel | Modern Healthcare | Stephens

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Cigna, HCSC in Talks For Medicare Advantage Deal: WSJ | Modern Healthcare

Jan 3, 2024

“The nonprofit Blues have tended to be generally less competitive in Medicare Advantage compared to their competitiveness in the commercial market,” said Scott Fidel, health-care analyst at Stephens. “By selling to Health Care Service Corp., it could actually be viewed as a pro-competitive transaction by regulators in terms of making the largest nonprofit Blue more competitive in the Medicare Advantage market.”

While Cigna's Medicare Advantage book is small, membership rose 13% in the third quarter and the company expects further growth this year, although it acknowledged its Medicare Advantage margins were below its long-term 4%-5% target. “It's a business where Cigna has not been consistently generating their targeted profitability,” Fidel said

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