Insurers’ Q4 Earnings Could Illustrate Reform’s Impact
Health insurers' fourth-quarter financial reports could be an early indicator of how much the federal health reform law will affect the industry. Several reform law provisions took effect in September 2010, meaning that the fourth quarter was the first in which the overhaul affected insurers' finances. Researchers from Goldman Sachs estimate that the top four publicly traded health insurers will report on average a 21% increase in earnings over the same period one year earlier.
- "Insurers' Profits Seen Rising" (Johnson, Wall Street Journal, 1/20).