Low MLR Powers Cigna’s Solid 3Q Results

  • Nov 03, 2023

    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. 

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  • 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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