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

House holds hearing on bill to repeal antitrust exemption for health insurers

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The House Judiciary Committee today held a subcommittee hearing on legislation to repeal the antitrust exemption available to health insurers for anticompetitive conduct, including price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation. The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 372), introduced last... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 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

Federal judge blocks Aetna-Humana merger

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Jan. 23 prohibited two of the nation’s largest health insurers from merging, concluding that the proposed merger of Aetna and Humana was likely to substantially lessen competition for individual Medicare Advantage plans in all 364 counties challenged... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, antitrust

Federal court blocks proposed merger of Aetna and Humana

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today prohibited two of the nation’s largest health insurers from merging, concluding that the proposed merger of Aetna and Humana was likely to substantially lessen competition for individual Medicare Advantage plans in all 364 counties challenged by... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, antitrust

Trial begins in Aetna-Humana merger

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Court proceedings got underway today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Aetna’s bid to acquire Humana. The Department of Justice filed suit July 21 to block the acquisition, along with Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna, saying it would be harmful for consumers. If allowed to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, antitrust

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

AMA: Anthem-Cigna, Aetna-Humana deals would quash competition in 24 states

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Anthem's proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna's proposed acquisition of Humana would collectively quash competition in insurance markets across 24 states, according to an updated analysis released today by the American Medical Association. The analysis is based on the association’s latest annual study... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, antitrust

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