Anthem Inc. may slash participation in theindividual major medical insurance market in 2018.

Joseph Swedish, the chairman of the Indianapolis-based healthinsurer, said today that the company will think hard about how itwants to participate in the individual market "toward the end ofthe first half." The first half of the year ends June 30.

Swedish talked about the company's individual health unit duringa conference call with securities analysts. The call was organizedto discuss fourth-quarter earnings.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.