Molina Cuts Purchase Price of Bright Health’s California Plans

Bright Health Group, Inc. suffered another blow on Dec. 13, when the foundering startup insurer revealed that Molina Healthcare, Inc. will pay less than originally planned for Bright’s California Medicare Advantage business. Molina now plans to pay $425 million for the California business, instead of the originally announced $510 million — a development that could complicate the ongoing liquidation of several Bright subsidiaries and its Affordable Care Act risk adjustment repayment agreement with CMS.

According to a Molina press release from Dec. 18, “the purchase price for the transaction, net of certain tax benefits, is reduced from the previously announced $510 million to approximately $425 million, and now represents 23% of expected 2023 premium revenue of $1.8 billion.” Molina expects the deal, which it predicts will close “on or about January 1, 2024,” will add $1.00 per share “to new store embedded earnings” in the coming year.

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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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