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The following Best's Special Reports and Best's Briefings present in-depth analyses of the Health insurance market. Best's Special Reports provide a comprehensive examination of the market, events and trends from A.M. Best's unique perspective, while Best's Briefings feature similar analysis in a more concise format.

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Special Report: Best’s Impairment Rate and Rating Transition Study – 1977 to 2017: The number of impairments in the insurance industry declined to two in 2017.
Date: December 7, 2018    
Special Report: US Health Benchmarking: Despite numerous challenges, the majority of health insurers have persevered, generating strong earnings in 2017 and in 2018.
Date: December 6, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Health: The fundamentals for the US health insurance industry remain favorable, owing to strong results and earnings, capital and surplus growth, and a decline in near-term regulatory uncertainty.
Date: December 6, 2018    
2018 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Life/Health – 9-Month 2018 Financial Results: This Best’s Rankings presents the top 25 U.S. life/health groups as ranked by 9-month 2018 total admitted assets as of September 30, 2018.
Date: December 3, 2018    
Market Segment Report: No Slowdown in Asbestos and Environmental Claims: We are maintaining our $100 billion net ultimate loss estimate for asbestos but raising it $4 billion for environmental, as sites are found to be more toxic than originally thought.
Date: November 28, 2018    
Special Report: 2017 Life/Health Impairments Update: Affordable Care Act factors into many health insurer impairments
Date: October 30, 2018    
Briefing: Paid Family Leave Offers New Growth Opportunities for Insurers: PFL could lead to sales of additional ancillary products to employees and increase overall competitiveness in the employee benefits market.
Date: October 19, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Vietnam Non-Life Market: A Growth Story in a Challenging Operating Environment: Vietnam’s non-life insurance market is small by international standards but has grown at consistently high rates for the past five years, and its growth prospects remain positive.
Date: October 15, 2018    
2018 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Life/Health – Industry’s Pre-Tax Investment Total Return Increased to 4.64%: This Best’s Rankings presents the top 100 U.S. life/health insurers as ranked by 2017 total admitted assets.
Date: October 8, 2018    
2018 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Life/Health – Industry’s Six-Month Admitted Assets Decreased by 1.6%: This Best’s Rankings presents the top 100 U.S. life/health insurers as based on 6-month 2018 admitted assets.
Date: October 1, 2018    
Special Report: Insurers Agree Innovation Is Critical for Future Success: Innovation will help insurers remain relevant, via meaningful solutions to address evolving risks and improve operating efficiency.
Date: September 24, 2018    
Special Report: Surplus Notes Usage Continues to Increase for L/A Segment: As a means of raising capital, surplus notes are particularly favored by L/A insurers, owing to relatively low interest rates.
Date: September 6, 2018    
2018 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Life/Health – 6-Month 2018 Financial Results: This Best’s Rankings presents the top U.S. life and health groups as ranked by 6-month 2018 admitted assets as of June 30, 2018.
Date: September 3, 2018    
2018 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Life/Annuity – 2017 Asset Distribution Industry’s Net Yield on Invested Assets Increased to 4.66% : This Best’s Rankings presents the top 100 U.S. life/health insurers as ranked by 2017 admitted assets.
Date: August 27, 2018    
Special Report: Upgrades Outpace Downgrades for Life/Health in First Half 2018: The positive ratings movement was driven primarily by improved levels of risk-adjusted capitalization for both health and L/A carriers.
Date: August 17, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Government-Related Health Business Continues to Grow, Despite Risks: Growing exposures to low-margin, government-sponsored, business are resulting in a greater reliance on state and federal funding and exposes health insurers to additional risks.
Date: August 10, 2018    
Briefing: HHS Rule Expands Coverage Period for Short-Term Plans: For insurers offering short-term plans, the change in the rules is positive, as they are likely to see top-line growth from an increase in sales for this line of business.
Date: August 9, 2018    
Briefing: Insurers Step Up Brexit Plans in Absence of Clarity: To ensure their ability to continue to provide services after Brexit, UK insurers have accelerated their plans to set up new EU subsidiaries, despite the lack of clarity as to what a future trade deal will look like.
Date: August 3, 2018    
Special Report: Health Insurance Companies Expanding Investment Options : Health insurers are adjusting their investment allocations owing to the persistent low interest rate environment and changing business mix.
Date: August 3, 2018    
Special Report: Growing Use of Derivatives for Liability Risk Management: Without controls and a prudent risk management framework, derivatives may cause more pain than gain
Date: July 20, 2018    
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