Healthcare stocks decrease following disappointment in Medicare Advantage rates

Lower Medicare Advantage Payments Put Pressure on Healthcare Stocks: What the Final Notice Means for Seniors

In a blow to the healthcare industry, lower-than-expected Medicare Advantage plan payments for 2025 are putting pressure on healthcare stocks on Tuesday. TD Cowen Senior Equity Research Analyst, Gary Taylor, explains the implications for the healthcare sector in an interview with Yahoo Finance Live.

According to Taylor, the situation is an annual political dance between the industry and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). When a proposed rule, like the 2025 Medicare Advantage (MA) proposed rule, is released, the industry typically lobbies for higher proposed rates. However, this time, CMS did not make any adjustments to the rates in the final notice.

The potential fallout from this decision could lead to healthcare businesses reducing the benefits they offer to seniors next year. This could ultimately improve their margins and drive higher earnings growth in the industry.

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