Facing Pandemic, Insurers May Benefit From Diversification

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to ramp up in the United States, projections about how it will affect various business sectors — including managed care — are evolving rapidly. But one concept that industry analysts seem to agree on is that health insurers with diversified business models may be better equipped to weather the storm.

For Peter Manoogian, principal at the health care consultancy ZS Associates, a main reason for the value of diversification comes from simple math. During the last financial crisis in the mid-2000s, about 5 million people shifted out of the employer-sponsored plan market when they lost their jobs, Manoogian tells AIS Health.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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