TEXT-Fitch publishes health insurers' sector credit factor summaries

Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:22pm EST

Link to Fitch Ratings' Report: Health Insurer Sector Credit Factor SummariesJan 31 - Fitch Ratings has published a special report illustrating how it
applies its Insurance Rating Methodology and assesses key qualitative and
quantitative factors in its ratings process for health insurance and managed
care companies.

The report includes sector credit factor diagrams for 14 health insurers. These
diagrams provide high-level summaries of key qualitative and quantitative
factors impacting the companies' ratings. The report comments on qualitative
factors from sector-wide and company specific perspectives and on quantitative
factors from a company-specific perspective.

The report also outlines the relative attributes of higher-rated and lower-rated
health insurers.

Fitch's special report, 'Health Insurers' Sector Credit Factor Summaries' is
available at www.fitchratings.com'.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
--'Insurance Rating Methodology' (Jan. 11, 2013).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:
Insurance Rating Methodology - Amended
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