Anthem Blames Rising MLR In 4Q on Flu Season, HIF

Anthem, Inc. continued to struggle with a higher-than-anticipated medical loss ratio (MLR) during the last quarter of 2019, and its earnings per share (EPS) guidance for 2020 fell short of what equities analysts were anticipating as the insurer reported fourth quarter and full-year 2019 results.

“Overall, the fourth quarter medical loss ratio was 89%, representing an increase of 220 basis points over the prior year, which, as expected was primarily driven by the one-year waiver of the health insurer fee,” Anthem Chief Financial Officer John Gallina said Jan. 29 during the company’s earnings conference call.

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