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Three questions about a health insurance industry in flux

The health insurance industry may have reached a tipping point that goes much deeper than the proposed mergers between four large insurers, Paul Keckley, managing director for the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis, writes in a recent blog post.  

Anthem does not plan to make divestitures in deal to acquire Cigna

Though divestitures are common in large-scale acquisitions, Anthem does not expect to have to make any as it closes its merger with Cigna, according to a newly released piece from Policy and Regulatory Report.  

In latest hearing, provider groups come out swinging against insurer mergers

During the third of three recent hearings on consolidation in the healthcare industry, representatives from the provider community made it clear that they are not going to let the pending health insurer mergers go down without a fight.  

Too soon for Aetna, Anthem to declare victory in merger review process

When it comes to the rigorous review process that major industry mergers must face, how soon is too soon to declare victory? Personally, I would argue that any time before the Department of Justice...

3 burning questions about the major insurer mergers

During Tuesday's Senate committee hearing on the two pending health insurer mergers, the CEOs of Aetna and Anthem, as expected, explained why they thought the deals' benefits outweigh any anticompetitive concerns. But as Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), noted, the two-plus hour hearing only scratched the surface of some of the complex issues associated with the proposed deals, which would pare down the country's largest health insurers from five to three.

Senate panel grills Aetna, Anthem execs on merger deals

Senators and expert witnesses alike expressed skepticism about the proposed merger deals between four of the country's largest health insurers during a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill.  

Could insurer mergers lead to a single-payer system?

Since four of the country's major health insurers announced their plans to pair off, the primary industry reaction has been characterized by scrutiny and skepticism. But Art Caplan, founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics in NYU Langone Medical Center's Department of Population Health, is the rare exception to this rule, writing in an opinion piece for  The Health Care Blog  that stopping these deals is a "terrible idea."

Partisan bickering distracts from real healthcare policy issues

Ah, Capitol Hill. Just when you start to have high hopes that our elected representatives are taking on the important issues--in this case, a hearing about consolidation in the healthcare...

AMA takes aim at health insurance mergers

A new study from the American Medical Association indicates that a merger between Anthem and Cigna would exceed federal antitrust guidelines intended to preserve competition in 85 metropolitan areas within 13 states, according to an AMA announcment of the findings.

Hospital group: Aetna-Humana merger would lessen Medicare Advantage competition

The American Hospital Association, which already has expressed its concerns about the pending merger between Anthem and Cigna, now has done the same for the Aetna-Humana merger.