WOONSOCKET, R.I., Jan. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health ( NYSE: CVS) today announced that Aetna, a CVS Health business, has entered into a four-year reinsurance arrangement with Vitality Re X Limited as part of its long-term capital management strategy. The arrangement allows CVS Health to reduce its required capital and provides $200 million of collateralized excess of loss reinsurance coverage on a portion of Aetna's group commercial health insurance business.1 Vitality Re X Limited is a newly formed insurance company which issued health insurance-linked notes in a private offering in connection with this transaction.
"Today's transaction marks the successful completion of the tenth reinsurance arrangement under the Vitality Re program," said CVS Health Chief Financial Officer Eva Boratto. "The Vitality Re program is an important component of our capital structure that lowers our cost of capital and drives capital efficiency."
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1 Amounts payable under the reinsurance arrangement are based on the annual medical benefit ratio ("MBR") of a portion of Aetna Life Insurance Company's group commercial PPO, POS and indemnity business compared to a threshold attachment point specified in the applicable reinsurance arrangement. The principal amount of the Vitality Re X notes, which are non-recourse to CVS Health and Aetna, and the coverage available under the reinsurance arrangement will be reduced by any payments to Aetna under the reinsurance arrangement. Aetna will be entitled to begin to receive payments from Vitality Re X under the reinsurance arrangement if the MBR of the covered business for calendar year 2019 reaches an initial attachment point of 98%. The full $200 million of coverage would be paid to Aetna if the MBR of the covered business reaches an initial exhaustion point of 118% for calendar year 2019. The attachment and exhaustion points will be reset annually for 2020, 2021 and 2022 to maintain modeled probabilities of attachment and expected loss on the Vitality Re X notes equal to the initial modeled probabilities of attachment and expected loss.
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