On Tuesday, shares of US health insurers took a significant hit, with drops ranging from 6% to 12%, after the government released final Medicare Advantage payment rates for 2025. Despite expectations that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would increase the reimbursement rate from the advance notice, the unchanged rates added to concerns about shrinking margins for insurers.

The biggest drop was experienced by Humana, which fell more than 12% to a near four-year low. UnitedHealth and CVS Health also suffered losses of 6.6% and 7.7%, respectively, in early trading. These losses had a ripple effect on the blue-chip Dow and the benchmark S&P 500 in morning trade.

Unfavorable rate updates and potential challenges in claims development due to cyberattacks have raised concerns about the future of the Medicare Advantage market. The final notice published by CMS indicates that there was no significant increase in demand for medical care during the fourth quarter of 2023, contrary to statements by insurers such as Humana and UnitedHealth. This proposal plays a key role in determining the insurer’s premium rates, plan benefits and overall profitability. High costs and low rates may force insurers to reduce the number of benefits they offer, potentially diminishing the value of Medicare Advantage plans in the eyes of consumers.

By Samantha Johnson

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