Health Insurers Owe $2.5 Billion in MLR Rebates This Year

Insurers that participate in the individual, small-group and large-group markets will issue a record high $2.5 billion in medical loss ratio (MLR) rebates to more than 11.2 million customers this year, an increase of almost $1.1 billion from rebates issued last year, according to CMS. Because health care utilization remains depressed, many health insurers are thriving amid the coronavirus pandemic. Several insurers have waived costs for COVID-19 treatments and offered up premium credits to lower the MLR rebates they could owe over the next couple of years (HPW 10/30/20, p. 1), as MLR rebate amounts are calculated on a rolling three-year average.

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Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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