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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.

M&A Watch Q2: Pay parity draws investors to behavioral health

By Beth Kutscher  |  July 18, 2015

Investors now have a heightened interest in behavioral health after new laws have gone into effect giving treatment for mental disorders payment parity with physical illnesses. Insurers and government payers also are beginning to see treatment of behavioral health disorders as a wise investment.

Aetna-Humana merger will face tough antitrust scrutiny

Aetna-Humana merger will face tough antitrust scrutiny

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 11, 2015

Federal antitrust reviewers will likely look market to market in deciding whether to approve the proposed Aetna-Humana merger and other looming health insurance industry tie-up deals, experts say.

Aetna lines up Humana financing as investor concerns persist

Aetna lines up Humana financing as investor concerns persist

By Beth Kutscher  |  July 10, 2015

In preparation for a Humana takeover, Aetna has lined up commitments for $16.2 billion in financing for the proposed cash and stock deal. But the volatility in the insurance companies' shares suggest that investors wonder whether the deal will make it to the finish line.

Aetna-Humana merger will face tough antitrust review

Aetna-Humana merger will face tough antitrust review

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 09, 2015

Legal experts agree that massive insurer consolidations will likely draw intense antitrust scrutiny, but whether those reviews will destroy the deals is an open question.

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.

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