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Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Gets Antitrust Approval

Updates on Upcoming Mergers Cigna has received antitrust approval for their acquisition of Express Scripts. The deal is predicted to fully close by the end of 2018. This is also good news for the CVS-Aetna merger, as that antitrust approval is still in the works. Cigna’s acquisition of Express Scripts was first announced about…

19 Sep 18
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CVS-Aetna & Cigna-Express Scripts Deals Likely to Get Approval

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is reportedly very close to approving the mergers between CVS and Aetna and Cigna and Express Scripts. Those familiar with the deals predict the DOJ’s formal antitrust approvals will come within the next several weeks. Update on the CVS-Aetna Merger Regulators reportedly have some concerns that the almost $70 billion deal between…

CVS to Merge with Aetna in $69 Billion Deal

On Sunday, CVS Health announced its plans to buy health insurance giant Aetna in a $69 billion deal. Each company’s board of directors fully supported the move. CVS Health (CVS) is a leading pharmacy benefits manager that serves approximately 90 million plan members. Aetna, a health care benefits company, serves roughly 44.6 million individuals as…

4 Dec 17
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Aetna CEO Sparks Single-Payer Health Care Discussion

During a recent private meeting with shareholders, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini suggested Americans should start the discussion about single-payer insurance, but does it mean what we think it means? Leaked discussion reports him saying, “Single-payer, I think we should have that debate as a nation.” Why would the CEO of America’s fifth-largest private insurance company…

1 Jun 17
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Aetna-Humana Merger Blocked

Federal Judge John Bates handed down his decision to block the Aetna-Humana merger Monday. He addressed the $37 billion-dollar merger in a 156-page ruling. “In this case, the government alleged that the merger of Aetna and Humana would be likely to substantially lessen competition in markets for individual Medicare Advantage plans and health insurance…

23 Jan 17
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Ruling in Aetna-Humana Merger Expected Soon

A ruling from U.S. District Court Judge John Bates in the case of Aetna-Humana vs. Department of Justice should be coming soon. The Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks to block the merger, fearing monopolies in the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Affordable Care Act (ACA) markets — though Aetna has left the ACA market in most states….

20 Jan 17
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Aetna-Humana v. Department of Justice Begins

Monday marked the start of the Department of Justice’s anti-trust lawsuit against the Aetna-Humana merger. Last July, Aetna announced their intention to buy rival Humana. A few weeks later, Anthem and Cigna announced their merger. This July, the Department of Justice filed suit against both proposals, dubbing the sales an “unprecedented consolidation in the health insurance…

6 Dec 16
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Aetna and Banner Health Network Form New Health Plan

Amidst potential mergers and shutdowns, Aetna and Banner Health Network (Banner) have announced that they plan to form a new joint venture health insurance plan in Arizona. Aetna and Banner’s History This isn’t the first time that Aetna and Banner have teamed up. Rather, this new effort expands upon the success of their jointly…

9 Nov 16
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Major Health Insurers Release Q3 Earnings Reports

The major players in the industry recently unveiled their third quarter earnings reports. All were very positive about their Medicare business, and not surprisingly, there were not many positive comments regarding the individual health marketplace (ACA business). There was also talk of the Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers, so the next three months will help clarify…

8 Nov 16
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Roundup of 2017 Medicare Advantage Plan Disruptions

There are a handful of 2017 Medicare Advantage plan disruptions that senior market agents should be aware of. Starting next year, Aetna MA members will no longer have in-network access to providers in the Rochester Regional Health system. Additionally, New West Health Services will be closing its doors at the end of this year. Read…

28 Oct 16
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