Severe Flu Season Won’t Do Much Harm to Health Insurers’ Earnings Growth

Influenza cases and hospitalizations — which dipped in 2020 and 2021 as the public took steps like masking and staying home to slow transmission of COVID-19 — are back this year with a vengeance.

But while one equities analyst recently warned investors that such “heightened flu activity” could impact financial metrics for payers that haven’t priced for such a scenario, a credit rating analyst tells AIS Health, a division of MMIT, that insurers aren’t likely to take a major hit.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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