CVS Delivers Strong 4Q Results Amid Mixed Aetna Performance

For the fourth quarter and full-year 2021, CVS Health Corp. reported a strong financial performance across its vertically integrated health care business, but its health insurance division Aetna had mixed results. While Aetna delivered higher-than-expected enrollment in Medicare Advantage, it didn’t meet expectations for enrollment on the Affordable Care Act exchanges — a book of business the firm re-entered after several years away from the individual marketplaces.

Aetna took in $20.6 billion in revenue in the third quarter of 2021, according to a CVS press release, up from $19.1 billion in the same period of 2020. It recorded a medical loss ratio of 87%, up from 86.7% in the same period last year; for the full year, Aetna reported an MLR of 85%, up from 80.9% in 2020.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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