CVS Lowers 2024 Earnings Guidance, Citing Medicare Cost Trends

CVS Health Corp. on Feb. 7 lowered its earnings per share (EPS) guidance for 2024, citing high Medicare Advantage cost trends. Wall Street analysts expected the announcement because other insurers, such as UnitedHealth Group and Humana Inc., previously mentioned MA costs as a potential drag on their profits. Meanwhile, The Cigna Group, reporting its fourth-quarter and full-year 2023 results on Feb. 2., increased its EPS guidance for this year and received favorable views from analysts.

CVS projects an adjusted EPS of at least $8.30 this year, down from its previous guidance of at least $8.50 that the company disclosed during its investor day on Dec. 5. The company had an adjusted EPS of $8.74 in 2023.

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Tim has been a reporter and editor for newspapers, websites and magazines for more than 20 years, including 10 years covering health care business topics. He has a deep knowledge of the managed care industry and pharmacy benefit management. He also has experience covering medical conferences and clinical and legislative health care issues. In 2014, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing selected Tim as one of 15 journalists to participate in a national symposium on the Affordable Care Act. Tim has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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