A rating agency says U.S. health insurers should do fine in the coming year.
Analysts at Fitch Ratings have increased their rating outlook for the health insurers the firm rates to stable, from negative.
The analysts now expect group plan enrollment to grow about has quickly as U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), and they expect operating profit margins to continue to average about 7 percent to 8 percent of revenue.
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“Fitch expects little change in balance sheet fundamentals,” the firm says.
Firm analysts expect stockholders’ equity in the insurers to increase, and the insurers’ debt burden to shrink slightly.