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Health earnings Q1 2016: What to expect

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Health insurance brokers and companies along with related professionals are about to provide investors with a peek into how business looked during the first quarter.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) will kick off earnings release season April 19.

Several competitors, including Anthem Inc. (NYSE:ANTM), Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) and Centene Corp. (NYSE:CNC) will come out with earnings the following week. 

In recent years, securities analysts have asked some questions about the companies’ Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) public exchange programs. Analysts may ask more pointed questions this quarter because of reports about high claims and big 2015 losses at some insurers’ individual units.

See also: Milliman: How PPACA World really worked in 2014

But many of the companies have focused mainly on talking about their Medicare and Medicaid plan operations, with an occasional brief mention of their commercial health business.

Executives at insurance brokers and insurance technology companies often say more about the state of the commercial health insurance market than the insurers do.

Companies that have stock trading on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq usually hold a conference call with securities analysts after they release their earnings. To comply with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) transparency requirements, they often stream the audio of the earnings calls over the Internet.

Agents and brokers who are interested in listening to a company’s call should visit the company’s investor relations page and look for links to information about earnings or investor relations events.

Here is a list of health insurers’ and some related companies’ anticipated earnings release dates, drawn from the companies’ earnings announcement releases and other public sources of information, read on.

  • Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET): 6 a.m. EDT April 28.

  • Aflac Inc: (NYSE:AFL): April 26.

  • Anthem Inc. (NYSE:ANTM): 6 a.m. April EDT 27.

  • Benefitfocus Inc. (Nasdaq:BNFT): 5 p.m. EDT May 4.

  • Centene Corp. (NYSE:CNC): 6 a.m. EDT April 26.

  • Cigna Corp. (NYSE:CI): 8 a.m. EDT April 21.

  • CVS Health Corp. (NYSE:CVS): 7 a.m. EDT May 3.

  • eHealth Inc. (Nasdaq:EHTH): 4 p.m. EDT April 22.

  • HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA): 9:30 a.m. EDT May 3.

  • Health Insurance Innovations Inc. (Nasdaq:HIIQ): 4 p.m. EDT May 11.

  • Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM): 7:30 a.m. EDT May 4.

  • Molina Healthcare Inc. (NYSE:MOH): 5 p.m. EDT April 28.

  • UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH): 8:45 a.m. EDT April 19.

  • Unum Group Corp. (NYSE:UNM): 10 a.m. EDT April 28.

  • WellCare Health Plans Inc. (NYSE:WCG): 9:30 a.m. EDT May 3.

See also: 

S&P says Medicare Advantage issuers will be fine

Health numbers: S&P Dow Jones, UBA, Gallup


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