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Anthem-Cigna merger poses promise and perils

Anthem-Cigna merger poses promise and perils

By Bob Herman  |  July 25, 2015

Anthem's announced $54.2 billion takeover of Cigna Corp. last week is the latest and largest sign of health insurers' lust for scale. But at the heart of the merger momentum is their desire to expand their government business, particularly in the lucrative Medicare Advantage market.

North Carolina health systems consider starting insurance plans

North Carolina health systems consider starting insurance plans

By Bob Herman  |  July 21, 2015

One large health system in North Carolina is ready to launch a Medicare Advantage plan, while two others are mulling the pros and cons of becoming a payer. The state is a microcosm of health system discussions across the nation.

Intensified price competition driving Aetna-Humana deal

Intensified price competition driving Aetna-Humana deal

By Melanie Evans  |  July 07, 2015

Insurer Humana is no stranger to transformation since its founding in 1961. But the company's proposed deal to be acquired by rival Aetna is more likely driven by powerful market forces rather than by the need for another makeover.

Questions loom for insurers bulking up on government business

Questions loom for insurers bulking up on government business

By Beth Kutscher  |  July 06, 2015

Aetna's proposed $37 billion offer for Humana is about building strength and scale in the government insurance business, but some investors are nervous about whether the parties can deliver on expectations.

Feds expand probe into DaVita's Medicare Advantage practices

Feds expand probe into DaVita's Medicare Advantage practices

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 24, 2015

The federal government has expanded its investigation into DaVita HealthCare Partners' Medicare Advantage risk-adjustment practices, DaVita revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday.

UnitedHealth, other insurers see revenue rise in 2014

By Michael Sandler  |  June 13, 2015

UnitedHealth Group saw an upsurge in its government business as it topped Modern Healthcare's list of the largest publicly traded health insurance companies in 2014. Nearly all of insurers on the list enjoyed an increase in total revenue in 2014 compared with the previous year.

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