Feb 2, 2017

Cigna: Obamacare markets are "fragile at best"

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Cigna still isn't profitable in the Obamacare exchanges, and CEO David Cordani told analysts and investors Thursday the marketplaces remain "fragile at best."

Cigna, which recorded almost $40 billion of revenue in 2016, expanded its exchange presence into three states for 2017, while also retreating from three others. The insurer will evaluate its Obamacare participation throughout the spring, Cordani said, echoing what other large insurers have said.

That Anthem deal isn't looking so hot: Cigna didn't mention Anthem at all in its earnings release, nor did Cordani talk about Anthem in his opening remarks. An analyst had to ask him about the pending merger. The two companies have had a contentious relationship, and most people expect the deal has too many antitrust hurdles to overcome. Josh Raskin, an analyst at Barclays, said in a note Thursday that "investors must view Cigna as a standalone company at this point (and we believe that most do)."

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U.S. coronavirus updates: White House studies models projecting virus peak

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The White House and other institutions are observing several models to better understand and prepare cities for when the coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S.

The state of play: The coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S. in two weeks, but many states like Virginia and Maryland will see their individual peaks well after that, according to a model by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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FDA authorizes two-minute antibody testing kit to detect coronavirus

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The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency approval Tuesday for a serological testing kit produced by Bodysphere Inc. that can detect a positive or negative result for COVID-19 in two minutes.

Why it matters: Access to testing has improved in the U.S. thanks to commercial labs, but the average wait time for a patient's results is four to five days — with some reports of it taking more than a week.

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