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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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2019 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Combined Life & Health – Industry’s Admitted Assets Decreased 3.1%: This one-year Best’s Rankings presents the top 200 U.S. combined life and health insurers as ranked by 2018 admitted assets.
Date: June 17, 2019    
Special Report: Best's Impairment Rate and Rating Transition Study - 1977 to 2018: New impairment continue to trend lower.
Date: June 12, 2019    
2019 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Life/Health – 3-Month 2019 Financial Results: This Best’s Rankings presents the top 25 U.S. life and health groups as ranked by 3-month 2019 admitted assets as of March 31, 2019.
Date: June 10, 2019    
2019 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Life/Health – Industry’s Admitted Assets Decreased 2.8%: This Best’s Rankings presents the top 200 U.S. life and health insurers as ranked by 2018 admitted assets.
Date: June 10, 2019    
Special Report: Risk, Return, and Diversification Affect Cost of Capital Through the Cycle: An insurer’s ability to access and raise capital, and the potential costs of raising capital, especially in times of stress, are important considerations in the ratings process.
Date: May 22, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: India Non-Life Insurance: Our outlook is Negative, but non-life insurers that demonstrate sound risk management and disciplined underwriting are likely to improve their profitability and strengthen capital.
Date: May 21, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Growth Opportunities Abound in Hong Kong’s Health Insurance Market: Growth opportunities for Hong Kong's health insurers are significant, but they will need to overcome profitability challenges to reap the benefits.
Date: May 15, 2019    
Market Segment Report: MPL Industry Results Improved in 2018 But Challenges Remain: MPL writers pressured by shrinking demand, prolonged soft market conditions, and diminishing reserve redundancies.
Date: May 6, 2019    
Special Report: Health M&A Focus: Vertical Integration, Revenue Diversification, Expansion: Strong earnings and a continued M&A appetite could lead to increases in financial leverage over the medium term.
Date: March 29, 2019    
Briefing: DoJ ACA Filing: More Uncertainty and Pressure for Health Insurers: The change in the DoJ’s position on the ACA will pressure health insurers, although the capital they have accumulated over the last few years should help them withstand a financial downturn.
Date: March 27, 2019    
2019 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Life/Health – 2018 Financial Results: This Best’s Rankings presents the top 25 U.S. life/health groups as ranked by 2018 admitted assets as of Dec. 31, 2018.
Date: March 25, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Supplemental Health: Solid interest in and growth of supplemental products support Stable outlook.
Date: March 22, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Long Term Care : Exposure to older blocks of business continue to hinder writers' performance, among factors maintaining outlook at Negative.
Date: March 22, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Disability: Favorable interest rate environment and morbidity, combined with lower claims activity and improved claims recovery, underlie Stable outlook.
Date: March 22, 2019    
Special Report: US Life/Health Rating Upgrades Outpace Downgrades in 2018: Positive rating development continued in 2018 for the US health and life/annuity insurers.
Date: March 1, 2019    
Market Segment Report: 2019 Review & Preview: US Health: The profitability of the US health insurers has improved significantly owing to declines in medical cost trends and utilization, but carriers understand that these trends won’t last forever.
Date: February 28, 2019    
Briefing: AM Best Comments on the Impact to Health Insurers ofTexas US District Court Ruling Regarding the ACA: We do not expect the court ruling to have any significant impact on health insurers in 2019.
Date: December 19, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Panama Insurance: Our Stable outlook for Panama’s insurance industry reflects the segment’s sound capitalization, profitable underwriting, and evolving risk management profile, which will support growth despite further pressures.
Date: December 11, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Mexico Insurance: Mexico’s insurance industry is benefiting from strong capitalization and operating performance, although we do expect some volatility in the fourth quarter.
Date: December 11, 2018    
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    
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