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CVS Health

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CVS Health to expand focus on helping people quit smoking

CVS Health announced it is expanding its focus on helping people quit smoking. Be The First, the five-year, $50M dollar initiative by the company and the CVS Health Foundation to help create the first tobacco-free generation, is tackling the growing challenge of youth vaping with additional investments and new partners, like Discovery Education and the National Medical Association. The company is also bringing its smoking cessation expertise to areas across its businesses, with an expanded focus in 2020 on increasing effective smoking cessation approaches in Medicaid plans, including in Aetna Better Health managed Medicaid plans and together with CVS Caremark clients interested in creating or expanding smoking cession efforts for their Medicaid members. Also, the Aetna Foundation is pledging an additional $2M to provide educational materials and tools to prevent smoking and vaping to thousands of clinicians who are part of such organizations as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Medical Association, the National Hispanic Medical Association and the National Association of School Nurses. This funding builds on a $10M commitment Be The First made earlier this year to combat vaping. Through that effort, the CVS Health Foundation, with partners like Discovery Education and the CATCH Global Foundation, is creating an educational curriculum on the dangers of vaping that will be made available to every school district in the U.S., with additional resources being made available to parents at no cost. These anti-vaping initiatives strengthen the accomplishments of the Be The First program to date, including reaching nearly 13M young people, helping more than 200 colleges and universities in their efforts to go tobacco-free, and funding the first-ever vaping cessation program in partnership with the Truth Initiative. As the company looks to 2020, it plans to expand its tobacco-cessation efforts in the Medicaid program, where smoking rates are considerably higher than among all adults. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.3% of Medicaid enrollees smoke, compared to 11.8 % of people enrolled in private insurance.

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CVS CVS Health
$60.90

0.76 (1.26%)

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Louisiana loss a 'surprising negative' for Centene, says Wells Fargo
Louisiana selected four managed care providers for its Medicaid contracts and the winners included Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), AmeriHealth Caritas, and Community Care Health Plan/Healthy Blue, Wells Fargo analyst Peter Costa tells investors in a research note. The loss is a "surprising negative" for Centene (CNC), which also failed to get a statewide contract in North Carolina, says Costa. The analyst would not be surprised to see a protest filed by Centene and/or CVS Health (CVS), who was also not selected. He estimates Centene could lose about $2.4B in premiums and about 13c in earnings per share while CVS could lose about $600M in premiums or about 1c in earnings per share.
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SBSH
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Target $72
SBSH
Buy
CVS Health price target raised to $72 from $68 at Citi
Citi analyst Ralph Giacobbe raised his price target for CVS Health to $72 from $68 saying the company's Q2 results showed "encouraging trends," particularly within retail and pharmacy benefit manager segments. He believes the stock "should have done better on the print" and reiterates a Buy rating on CVS Health.
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Overweight
CVS's Q2 gives window into possible power of the enterprise, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Ricky Goldwasser said CVS Health's Q2 results and conference call "provided a window to what the power of the enterprise could materialize into," citing improved retail comps, share gains and the company's Medicare Advantage strategies. The analyst, who thinks the company's opportunity to capture share in Medicare Advantage organically by cross-selling is underestimated by the market, keeps an Overweight rating and $74 price target on CVS shares.
08/27/19
COWN
08/27/19
NO CHANGE
Target $76
COWN
Outperform
CVS Health price target raised to $76 from $69 at Cowen
Cowen analyst Charles Ryhee raised his price target on CVS Health to $76 from $69 to reflect revised 2019 guidance. The analyst believes the 2019 guidance looks conservative and with faster synergy realization and improved 2020 selling season, the company's 2020 guidance looks achievable. Ryhee reiterated his Outperform rating on CVS Health shares.

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