March 31, 2016

 

Yesterday, on March 30, the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) held a hearing on the proposed merger of health insurance companies Aetna and Humana. The hearing examined the acquisition and its effects on Wisconsin consumers and the health insuran...

March 31, 2016

Justice Louis Brandeis once observed that "sunlight is the best disinfectant." That is certainly true when it comes to regulatory action. Regulators provide an open decision making process in which there is public discourse and participation and an opportunity for tran...

March 24, 2016

Recently, the proposed mergers of Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana have attracted attention and criticism from legislatures, antitrust regulators, healthcare providers, and consumers. A new working paper from the United Hospital Fund examines the two merger plans’ impact...

March 23, 2016

Advocates of the proposed Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana health insurance mergers argue that, in the long run, the acquisitions will benefit consumers, health care providers, and insurance markets. They say consumers will gain from the mergers and members of the health...

March 22, 2016

A sweeping coalition of consumer groups and unions submitted comments to Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance Ted Nickel concerning the proposed Aetna-Humana merger. In these comments, the organizations commended the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) for hol...

March 18, 2016

On March 16, the Coalition to Protect Patient Choice (CPPC) held a briefing on Capitol Hill regarding the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana health insurance mergers. The panelists included Topher Spiro, Vice President of Health Policy at the Center for American Progress, D...

March 14, 2016

Last week, the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition, and Consumer Rights held a hearing on the enforcement of antitrust laws. Assistant Attorney General William Baer of the Antitrust Division and Chairwoman Edith Ramirez of the Federal Trade Commission both ga...

March 10, 2016

Divestitures have been increasingly criticized for being ineffective and failing to restore markets to their pre-merger condition. Previously, we reviewed a Capitol Forum study of the 2012 Humana Arcadian divestitures in Medicare Advantage. The study showed how these d...

March 7, 2016

Over the past several months consumer advocates, legislators, health care providers, and antitrust regulators have been increasingly asking tough questions about health insurance mergers. Proponents of the acquisitions frequently claim that the mergers will lead to inc...

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