Anthem terminates agreement to acquire Cigna

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Anthem is terminating its merger agreement with Cigna after a Delaware court denied the health insurer’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop Cigna from terminating the agreement. AHA has advocated against the deal since it was announced in July 2015, vigorously supporting the Department of... read more

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

Anthem asks Supreme Court to review decision blocking acquisition of Cigna

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Anthem today asked the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court decision blocking the health insurer’s proposed acquisition of Cigna. The appeals court last month held that the district court “reasonably determined Anthem failed to show the kind of ‘extraordinary efficiencies’ that would be needed... read more

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

Federal appeals court affirms decision blocking Anthem acquisition of Cigna

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As urged by the AHA, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today affirmed a district court decision blocking Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna. “Having considered the totality of circumstances…, we hold that the district court reasonably determined Anthem failed to show the... read more

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

House committee passes SMARTER Act

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The House Judiciary Committee today voted 16-10 to approve the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (H.R. 659), AHA-supported legislation that would standardize the merger review process for the two federal antitrust agencies. “The SMARTER Act helps hospitals and health systems... read more

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

House passes bill to repeal antitrust exemption for health insurers

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The House of Representatives today voted 416-7 to approve the AHA-supported Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 372). The legislation would repeal the antitrust exemption available to health insurers for anticompetitive conduct, including price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation. “The AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, antitrust

AHA urges appeals court to affirm decision blocking Anthem acquisition of Cigna

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The AHA today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to affirm a district court decision blocking Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna, which concluded that the proposed combination was likely to substantially effect competition in an already highly concentrated market.... read more

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

House committee passes bill to repeal antitrust exemption for health insurers

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The House Judiciary Committee today approved by voice vote the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 372), AHA-supported legislation to repeal the antitrust exemption available to health insurers for anticompetitive conduct, including price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation. Introduced... read more

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

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

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