Medicaid MLRs Dent Centene, Molina 1Q Earnings Reports

  • May 03, 2024

    Higher-than-expected medical loss ratios (MLRs) in Medicaid were a common — albeit minor — pain point for both Centene Corp. and Molina Healthcare, Inc. when the companies reported their first-quarter 2024 financial results.  

    Centene, which reported its quarterly results on April 26, recorded an MLR of 90.9% for its Medicaid line of business, which was higher (worse) than the Wall Street consensus estimate of 90.3%.  

    Chief Financial Officer Andrew Asher said during the company’s earnings call that the figure was “a little higher in the quarter than we expected as we continue to work through the appropriate matching of rates and acuity in the short-term.” 

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  • Leslie Small

    Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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