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Insurers Finally Making Money on ACA

A Politico analysis of 31 regional Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, many of which dominate Affordable Care Act markets in their states, found that many are on pace for record profits this year for the first time....
December 11, 2017

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A Politico analysis of 31 regional Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, many of which dominate Affordable Care Act (ACA) markets in their states, found that many are on pace for record profits this year for the first time.


All but five of the 31 regional Blues have better operating margins through the first three quarters of this year than they showed at corresponding points in either 2015 or 2016, according to Politico’s analysis. But the turnaround comes just days before Republican efforts to dismantle the health care law are creating new threats to the viability of the marketplaces, with a possible repeal of the individual mandate on the horizon.

“The political narrative is over a market in crisis, and that’s just not how the market actually looks right now,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan research group. “At this moment, the individual insurance market looks quite stable and most insurers have achieved profitability.”

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