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January 4, 2013
16:48 EDTHUMHumana expects higher sales for individual Medicare Advantage plans in 2013
Humana will be meeting with investors and analysts at an industry conference on January 8, 2013. During the meetings, the company intends to address its prospects and performance. The company expects gross sales for individual Medicare Advantage plans for 2013 to be slightly higher than previously expected. Data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicates attrition in the company’s individual Medicare Advantage plans is also slightly higher than the company’s previous expectations. The company continues to expect net growth for individual Medicare Advantage membership of 100,000 to 120,000, net of the January 1, 2013 disposition of approximately 12,600 Medicare Advantage members acquired in the March 31, 2012 acquisition of Arcadian Management Services. Gross sales for the company’s stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans for 2013 are anticipated to be slightly below the range of previous expectations. Prescription Drug Plans disenrollment data indicates attrition is also slightly below the company’s previous expectations. The company continues to anticipate net membership growth for 2013 in its stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans in the range of 125,000 to 175,000.
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July 28, 2014
08:17 EDTHUMMCO sell-off provides buying opportunity, says Leerink
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July 25, 2014
10:52 EDTHUMWellCare issues largely company-specific, says UBS
UBS notes that aside from WellCare (WCG), which attributed its lowered guidance to the start-up of its Florida MMA program and other issues, that Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP), UnitedHealth (UNH) and Humana (HUM) are the leaders in Medicaid in the state. However, the firm believes a majority of WellCare's issues appear company specific and UBS views any weakness in UnitedHealth, WellPoint, Aetna (AET), or Cigna (CI) as opportunity to buy those four stocks, on all of which it has Buy ratings.
July 24, 2014
06:50 EDTHUMConsumers received $9B in refunds from health insurers, The Hill says
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July 22, 2014
13:46 EDTHUMCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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10:43 EDTHUMAppeals court bars subsidies in health care law
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of President Obama's healthcare law by siding today with plaintiffs who argued that the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. The appeals court stated, "Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges 'established by the State,' we reverse the district court and vacate the IRS’s regulation." Twenty-seven states decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out, according to the Washington Post.

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