Health insurers hedge their bets
BusinessWeek, August 15, 2008
Because they aren't sure how healthcare reforms will play out, many managed care organizations are hedging their bets by diversifying into new markets and product lines that offer a wide range of coverage and pricing options. Many of these products are designed to appeal to price-sensitive small-group and individual buyers. Managed care organizations traditionally considered these to be modest niche markets at best, but now view them as important for future growth, particularly if reforms initially focus on getting coverage for the uninsured.