Court issues full opinion blocking Anthem's acquisition of Cigna

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia yesterday issued its full opinion blocking Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna, which would have reduced the number of major national health insurers from five to four. As noted in the Feb. 8 order blocking the deal, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman... read more

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

Aetna and Humana end merger agreement

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Aetna announced today that it would not appeal its loss in U.S. District Court last month. It will pay Humana $1 billion as a result. The court blocked Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana, concluding it was likely to substantially lessen competition for individual Medicare Advantage plans in all 364... read more

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

Hospital mergers can be a key to meet patients' needs and improve care

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Rapid change in the health care field has led hospital leaders to search for new ways to reduce costs, increase the quality of care, and preserve access to care, so they can continue to meet their patients’ needs. For some hospitals, mergers may be the right path to meet these goals. This week the AHA... read more

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

Report finds hospital mergers reduce costs, enhance quality and services

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Recent hospital mergers reduce costs by harnessing operational efficiencies that can’t be gained through looser affiliations, improve quality and expand the scope of services available to patients, says an AHA-commissioned study unveiled Jan. 25 at a Washington, D.C. briefing.

The study by Boston-based... read more

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

Obesity declines for 2 to 4 year olds in federal nutrition program

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Between 2010 and 2014, obesity rates improved for low-income children enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, falling from 15.9% to 14.5% among 2 to 4 year olds, according to new data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: acquisitions

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 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

Missouri's Block of Aetna-Humana Merger is Good for Consumers

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The following post is written by Herb B. Kuhn, President and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association and Jane Drummond, General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs of the Missouri Hospital Association.

This week, Missouri’s Department of Insurance announced it would block the merged Aetna and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, Coverage, access, antitrust

Lack of Competition is Not Good For Consumers

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Today in a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) the AHA raised concerns about the proposed Anthem acquisition of Cigna focusing on the impact of Anthem’s affiliation with the Blue Cross Blue Shield System.

The letter states:

“Previous investigations also suggest that increased Blue plan market... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, access, antitrust

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