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Even if feds stop mega-mergers, new insurer transactions likely

Even if feds stop mega-mergers, new insurer transactions likely

By Bob Herman  |  July 23, 2016

Nearly everyone in healthcare speculated for the past year about how the U.S. Justice Department would respond to the mega-deals proposed by Aetna and Anthem. Officials were concise and stern as they delivered their answers from a podium last week.

Why the Justice Department rejected the Aetna and Anthem deals

Why the Justice Department rejected the Aetna and Anthem deals

By Bob Herman  |  July 21, 2016

The government argues both transactions would “substantially lessen competition in numerous markets around the country.” The result, antitrust regulators said, would lead to “higher prices and reduced benefits” for consumers. Both companies plan to challenge the DOJ in court.

Aetna, Anthem mega-deals appear headed for trouble

Aetna, Anthem mega-deals appear headed for trouble

By Bob Herman  |  July 19, 2016

The U.S. Justice Department is likely to file lawsuits this month to block Anthem's $53 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp. and Aetna's $37 billion deal for Humana, Bloomberg first reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.

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.

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.

California blasts Anthem-Cigna merger, calls on feds to block it

California blasts Anthem-Cigna merger, calls on feds to block it

By Bob Herman  |  June 16, 2016

California's top insurance regulator has urged the U.S. Justice Department to kill the pending $53 billion transaction between health insurance titans Anthem and Cigna Corp. over concerns of higher prices and lower quality plans.

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