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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given U.S. health insurers bad news and good news about how individual health coverage performed in 2016.
The bad news is that rising claims ate up more premium revenue, squeezing underwriting gains.
The good news is that fewer insurers earned enough to owe rebates to the enrollees.
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CMS published data on health insurers’ 2016 performance in a new Affordable Care Act medical loss ratio (MLR) program report. A copy of the report is available here.
The Affordable Care Act minimum MLR provision requires issuers of non-grandfathered major medical coverage to spend at least 80% of individual and small-group premium revenue on health care and quality improvement activities. Issuers that miss the MLR target are supposed to pay rebates.
Hot Medical Stocks For 2018: U.S. Geothermal Inc.(HTM)
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap geothermal stock U.S. Geothermal Inc (NYSEMKT: HTM) is scheduled for after the market closes on Thursday (March 9th). In early February, U.S. Geothermalprovided an update on its development and expansion projects with the CEO commenting:
Hot Medical Stocks For 2018: Unilever N.V. (UNLVF)
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Hot Medical Stocks For 2018: PowerShares S&P SmallCap Information Technology Portfolio(PSCT)
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