The Cigna Group posted results for the third quarter of 2023 that impressed Wall Street, driven by a lower-than-expected medical loss ratio (MLR). However, Cigna executives faced questioning from analysts on potential PBM regulations.
Cigna enjoyed relatively low care utilization, with MLR at 80.5%, beating the Wall Street consensus projection by 12 basis points. The managed care division’s adjusted revenues were $12.7 billion, up 14% year over year.
“Our medical care ratio was better than expectations, driven by our U.S. commercial business. More specifically, our favorable [MLR] performance was a reflection of ongoing disciplined pricing and continued affordability initiatives,” said Cigna Chief Financial Officer Brian Evanko during a Nov. 2 earnings call.