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Does Aetna-Coventry deal signal end of M&A activity?

The merger between Aetna and Coventry, which was just announced Monday, may be one of the last big deals where major insurers acquire smaller Medicare- and Medicaid-focused companies.

Aetna's $7.3B Coventry purchase boosts Medicare position

Aetna is buying Coventry Health Care for $5.6 billion--plus it's assuming Coventry's debt, thereby increasing the deal's value to $7.3 billion--in a move that will boost Aetna's position in the growing Medicare and Medicaid markets.

WellPoint's $4.9B Amerigroup buyout to double Medicaid business

WellPoint with become one of the nation's largest Medicaid administrators, buying managed care insurer Amerigroup for roughly $4.9 billion to almost double its Medicaid business.

'Secret sauce' to payment reform is provider collaboration

To successfully reform payment methods, payers must engage in meaningful collaborations with providers that move beyond simply altering payment structures to incorporate care coordination, the right information and better incentives for providers.

Insurers live chat with members through new health app

Health insurers now have a new way to commiunicate with members-- live and almost in person. The new iPhone app created by Warm Health, a healthcare communications and disease management company,

UnitedHealth, Coventry bid for Kansas Medicaid contact

UnitedHealth and Coventry are among the five private insurers that have submitted bids to manage the Kansas Medicaid program, which Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) plans to transform into a private

Aetna can't stop Medicaid contracts in Louisiana, judge rules

The Louisiana health department can move forward with its Medicaid contracts, even though Aetna is still sorting out its plans to appeal the department's decision to award those contracts to

Aetna, Coventry challenge $2B Medicaid decision

Aetna and Coventry are challenging the Louisiana Health Department’s decision to award a statewide Medicaid program worth $2.2 billion to other health insurers. The Louisiana Department of

HMOs fined $4M for denial of services

Two health plans in Florida have been fined a total of nearly $4 million after a long-running dispute about whether they improperly denied or reduced speech-therapy services for children in the

Insurers with high profits asked to decrease premiums

Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) is calling on 10 health insurers that reported significant increases in profits to lower premiums for their customers. He also requested the insurance companies respond