This year should be a decent year for health insurers.
Stephen Zaharuk and other analysts at Moody’s Investors Service have given that assessment in a commentary explaining why the rating agency has decided to describe the outlook for the health insurers as stable.
The major Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) health insurance provisions won’t kick in until 2014, commercial insurers’ Medicare Advantage and Medicaid plans are growing, and health insurers have done a good job at diversifying their companies, the analysts wrote in the commentary.
One source of risk is the effects of high unemployment on commercial plan enrollment, the analysts said.
The analysts said the possibility of an increase in use of medical services is another source of risk.