Major consumer groups file amicus in Anthem merger appealMarch 17, 2017

Today, major consumer groups filed an amicus brief in Anthem’s appeal of its merger with Cigna, which was blocked by the D.C. District Court last month. The amicus, organized by The CPPC, argues that the original ruling blocking the merger was correct given the overwhelming evidence that the merger would be anti-competitive. David Balto, the director of The Coalition to Protect Patient Choice, said, “The consumer brief demonstrates how Anthem wants to rewrite antitrust law to permit the court to ignore the hard facts that this merger is clearly anticompetitive and any claimed costs savings would not benefit consumers one iota. The standard of law Anthem asks for is inconsistent with the law, and sound economic and healthcare policy.” The CPPC organized opposition to the Anthem-Cigna merger before the DOJ and 13 state Attorneys General. We also led opposition to the merger of Aetna and Humana, which would have affected older Americans who purchase Medicare Advantage. Both mergers were enjoined by the cases’ respective judges earlier this year. Given the forcefulness of language in both rulings, coupled with a tendency for appeals courts to rule consistently with lower courts, it is not expected that Anthem will successfully appeal the ruling by District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson.  David Balto believes the new DOJ under President Trump is unlikely to see the competitive effects of the proposed merger any differently than the previous administration. “In the healthcare reform debate, the Administration’s first principle is that competition and choice lead to lower costs. Thats a bedrock principle that makes it crystal clear the merger should be enjoined.” The three judges presiding at the DC Circuit Court of Appeals are Judges Rogers, Kavanaugh, and Millett. The brief, organized by the Coalition to Protect Patient Choice and filed by the Law Offices of David Balto, was signed by American Antitrust Institute, Consumers Union, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, United States Public Interest Research Group, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Sergeants Benevolent Association, Connecticut Citizen Action Group, and California Reinvestment Coalition.   Congress Bans Gag-Clauses on PharmacistsSeptember 27, 2018The Promise of BiosimilarsDecember 11, 2017United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)October 5, 2018Consumer Groups and Unions Submit Letter in Support of PBM Bill Lowering Drug PricesDecember 17, 2019House of Representatives Passes Bill Allowing Medicare to Negotiate For Lower Drug PricesDecember 13, 2019Panel Examines Patent Abuse and How It Contributes to Rising Drug PricesDecember 10, 2019Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Regulate PBMsDecember 4, 2019FTC Approves Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene Merger, Two FTC Commissioners Issue Strong DissentsNovember 18, 2019Legal Challenges to State PBM LawsNovember 17, 2019American College of Physicians Calls for Transparency From Pharmacy Benefit ManagersNovember 14, 2019New Report Finds That Employers Are Increasingly Making Employees Pay Higher Prices for DrugsNovember 14, 2019At Axios Forum, Secretaries and Legislators Push for Measures to Lower Drug PricesNovember 13, 2019Department of Health and Human Services Sues Gilead for Patent Infringement and Ripping Off TaxpayersNovember 9, 2019December 2019 (4)November 2019 (7)October 2019 (6)September 2019 (8)August 2019 (5)July 2019 (10)June 2019 (8)May 2019 (10)April 2019 (10)March 2019 (6)February 2019 (12)January 2019 (11)December 2018 (5)November 2018 (6)October 2018 (8)September 2018 (4)July 2018 (1)January 2018 (1)December 2017 (4)November 2017 (6)October 2017 (8)September 2017 (13)August 2017 (10)July 2017 (8)June 2017 (14)May 2017 (11)April 2017 (4)March 2017 (10)February 2017 (4)January 2017 (3)December 2016 (17)November 2016 (10)October 2016 (4)September 2016 (2)August 2016 (8)July 2016 (12)June 2016 (11)May 2016 (10)April 2016 (6)March 2016 (9)February 2016 (4)January 2016 (5)December 2015 (3)October 2015 (4)ConsumersDOJInsurance CommissionersLuxotticaattorney generalhealth insurancehealth insurance competitionhealth insurance mergershow do I file a complaint?how do insurance mergers workmerger processmerger reviewmergerssize of Aetna Humana mergersize of Anthem and Cigna mergerstate impacttimeline for mergers