How will the public exchanges affect carriers’ credit levels? Depends on how well they do.
The credit implications of the exchanges — which just opened this week for open enrollment—on health care companies will depend on final enrollment levels, according to a new Moody’s report.
“High enrollment, if sustained, would be credit positive for insurers because it would stabilize premiums and promote the future success of the exchange concept,” said senior vice president Stephen Zaharuk.
Zaharuk said the demographic makeup of the population buying coverage on the exchanges will be the key credit driver.
But the exchanges won’t immediately impact carriers’ credit profiles due to the long initial open period. That means demographic details won’t be available until mid-2014.
Moody’s report also outlined effects the exchanges will have on other health care subsectors.