May 31, 2016

 

We have previously applauded the recent Missouri decision that rightly denied the proposed Aetna-Humana merger. This decision should be a model for other states, not just based on the outcome, but also based on how well the decision was written.

 

Justice Louis Brandeis...

May 26, 2016

Missouri is the “Show Me state” and when it comes to Aetna Humana merger the parties simply can’t show that consumers won’t lose from the Aetna Humana merger. 

 

Yesterday, the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration release...

May 24, 2016

Last week, the Missouri Department of Insurance held a hearing on the proposed merger of Aetna and Humana. The hearing was not widely noticed, but it could not be more timely or important – the proposed merger threatens to raise premiums of over 300,000 older Missouria...

May 24, 2016

The Department of Justice has traditionally conditioned its approval of large mergers based on divestitures. However, recent studies are demonstrating that divestitures are not always successful remedies, particularly concerning mergers in the health insurance arena. L...

May 17, 2016

Since 2000, workers’ contributions to premiums have greatly outpaced wage growth, leading to consumers struggling to pay their premiums and in many cases put off receiving healthcare due to increased costs. One of the arguments that Anthem, Cigna, Aetna, and Humana hav...

May 12, 2016

The health insurance companies Anthem, Cigna, Aetna, and Humana have collectively spent over $400 million on huge numbers of lawyers, investment bankers, and other advisors in order to get two health insurance mergers approved.

 

It’s no wonder these companies are invest...

May 11, 2016

In a regulatory filing before the Securities and Exchange Commission, Cigna stated that its acquisition by Anthem may not be approved this year, and that it might be pushed back to 2017.

 

Cigna’s Chief Financial Officer Tom McCarthy told an investors’ conference that th...

May 5, 2016

The Department of Justice is turning its attention to the health insurance mergers of Anthem and Cigna and Aetna and Humana after its legal challenge caused Halliburton Co. and Baker Hughes Inc. to end a proposed $28 billion acquisition. DOJ’s increasing willingness to...

May 5, 2016

The California Department of Managed Health Care recently fined Anthem Blue Cross $415,000 for failing to quickly or completely answer consumer complaints. In a statement, the Department said it had uncovered 40 cases involving 83 violations, such as Anthem’s failing t...

May 4, 2016

 

 

 

A panel of experts at the American Hospital Association’s Annual Meeting examined the likely impact of the proposed health insurance mergers of Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana. They concluded that the mergers will harm consumers, doctors, and hospitals, and recommende...

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