Anthem and Cigna Corp. are about to get their chance to fight for their $53 billion merger in a District of Columbia courtroom. The faceoff with the U.S. Justice Department will pit their promised benefits for consumers against providers' bargaining power.
Aetna and Humana, two of the largest Medicare Advantage players, will fight accusations that if they merged, seniors and people with disabilities in more than 300 markets would be negatively affected.
The employer-based health insurance market has mostly stayed intact under President Barack Obama. Employers may continue to alter benefits to push costs onto employees and expand HSAs under a Trump administration, but Republicans also may take aim at their tax exclusion.
Those of us who spend our time thinking about the fate of the nation's health and healthcare system have no shortage of things to be thankful for this holiday season.
CVS Health is partnering with UnitedHealth's pharmacy-benefit manager business OptumRx in a move that helps the retailer compete with rival drugstore chain Walgreens, which struck a similar deal with OptumRx earlier in the year.