Trial begins in Anthem-Cigna merger

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Court proceedings got underway today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Anthem’s bid to acquire Cigna. Judge Amy Berman Jackson is expected to rule in the case before the end of the year. The Department of Justice filed suit July 21 to block the acquisition, along with Aetna’s... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, Coverage, antitrust

Appeals court grants FTC request to stop hospital merger pending administrative trial

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Reversing a district court ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit today granted a request by the Federal Trade Commission to prevent the integration of Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth while the agency completes an administrative trial challenging the proposed merger.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, regulation, clinical integration

Virginia insurance bureau recommends against approval of Anthem-Cigna acquisition

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The Virginia Bureau of Insurance July 27 recommended to the State Corporation Commission that the commonwealth not approve Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna saying it has the potential to reduce competition in the large group market. “The Bureau has determined that the merger will impact competition at both a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, mergers

A Victory for the Future of Health Care

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The Department of Justice got it just right when it focused its challenge to Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s acquisition of Humana on the harm to quality and innovation in health care. DOJ echoed the exact arguments we made repeatedly before antitrust officials, Congress and others about how... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers

DOJ sues to block health insurance mergers

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Saying the proposed deal would “lead to higher health-insurance prices, reduced benefits, less innovation, and worse service” for consumers, the Department of Justice today filed a lawsuit in federal court to block Aetna’s acquisition of Humana. DOJ also took action to block Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, Coverage, antitrust

DOJ files lawsuits against Anthem, Aetna deals

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) today filed lawsuits in District of Columbia federal court to block Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s acquisition of Humana.

The DOJ’s complaints said the deals would harm innovation and quality in health care, arguments the AHA made repeatedly in its analyses and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, mergers

FTC drops challenge to West Virginia hospital merger

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The Federal Trade Commission yesterday dropped its administrative challenge to a proposed merger between Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV, citing state approval of a cooperative agreement between the hospitals and a new state law on hospital cooperative... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, antitrust

Tackling Outdated Regulatory Barriers that Impede Health Care Transformation

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A new report released today examines some of the most detrimental legal barriers that hospitals and physicians face whenever they try to work together to transform the delivery of patient care. Unquestionably, these barriers impede the hospital field’s efforts to move from a payment system based on volume... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, antitrust

Senators urge DOJ to challenge Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna mergers

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Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Al Franken (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Edward Markey (D-MA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) today urged the Department of Justice to challenge the proposed mergers of health insurance companies Aetna and Humana and Anthem and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, Coverage

CA insurance commissioner urges DOJ to block Anthem-Cigna merger

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California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today urged the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna. "When it comes to the Anthem and Cigna merger, bigger is not better for California's consumers or the health insurance market," said Jones. After a review of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, Coverage, antitrust

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