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TMCNet:  Fitch Publishes Updated Sector Credit Factors Report for U.S. Health Insurers

[December 18, 2013]

Fitch Publishes Updated Sector Credit Factors Report for U.S. Health Insurers

CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--

Fitch Ratings has published an updated sector-specific special report describing the credit factors the agency uses to analyze U.S. health insurers.

The report titled 'Health Insurance and Managed Care (U.S.) Sector Credit Factors,' replaces a previous version published Jan. 29, 2013.

Changes from the previous report focus on the role the U.S. Government plays in the sector and how it effectively caps ratings at the 'AA' rating category, a reduction in the potential and probable rating ranges derived from the industry profile and operating environment of the Medicare and Medicaid markets, and reductions in size and scale rating category guidelines. The changes do not affect the ratings levels of Fitch-rated U.S. health insurance and managed care companies.

The updated 'Health Insurance and Managed Care (U.S.) Sector Credit Factors,' special report supplements Fitch's master criteria 'Insurance Rating Methodology'. Both reports are available at 'www.fitchratings.com' or by clicking on the links below.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'Insurance Rating Methodology' (Nov. 13, 2013).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research: Health Insurance and Managed Care (U.S.)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=724819

Insurance Rating Methodology -- Amended

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=723072

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