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California OKs Aetna deal, but will Anthem merger be nixed?

California OKs Aetna deal, but will Anthem merger be nixed?

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Aetna's acquisition of Humana is creeping toward the finish line, getting an approval early last week from one of California's health insurance regulating bodies. The insurer's approval process stands in stark contrast to Anthem's purchase of Cigna Corp.

Meet the Medigap players

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Many of the largest carriers sell Medicare supplemental insurance. UnitedHealthcare, the health insurance unit of UnitedHealth Group, dominates the Medigap market because of its relationship with AARP.

Senators push Justice Department to halt health insurance mergers

By Bob Herman  |  June 22, 2016

Seven Democratic U.S. senators—including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut—have urged the U.S. Justice Department to block the pending health insurance mega-mergers in one of the strongest stances to date against the deals.

Under construction: Risk-based reimbursement

Under construction: Risk-based reimbursement

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 18, 2016

The CMS says it's well on its way to dragging hospital systems into the brave new world of risk-based contracting. The systems say, not really.

Aetna forms joint venture with Texas Health Resources

By Bob Herman  |  June 04, 2016

National health insurer Aetna and Texas Health Resources, a 27-hospital not-for-profit system based in Arlington, have agreed to jointly own and operate a new health plan designed to steer patients to specific providers.

Missouri throws first big wrench into Aetna-Humana deal

Missouri throws first big wrench into Aetna-Humana deal

By Bob Herman  |  May 25, 2016

Missouri insurance officials have issued a preliminary order against the merger of Aetna and Humana, making it the first state to find serious antitrust problems with the massive transaction.

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