CHICAGO -- AA-rated hospitals and health care providers are least likely to be hurt by anticipated national and state health care reforms due to their market preeminence, quality of care, and comprehensive services, according to Standard & Poor's Corp.

"In the era of expected health care reform, these AA credits are better positioned to withstand the challenges posed by national or state reform, and conceivably, could benefit from it," the rating agency said in today's edition of CreditWeek Municipal.

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