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Moody's sees stable outlook for the US health insurance sector for 2020

Moody's has maintained its stable outlook for the U.S. health insurance sector for 2020 as it expects continued economic growth and a strong focus on controlling medical costs.

The rating agency said its outlook is underlined by expected "healthy" earnings growth supported by "steady" economic and demographic trends, including growth in Medicare Advantage. Medical costs are likely to rise in 2020, and short-term medical cost trends could "modestly lower" EBITDA growth, Moody's added.

Moody's said other developments, including the ongoing legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act, may affect the stable outlook, although Vice President Dean Ungar said they would likely be manageable.