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Aetna close to buying Humana

Published June 25, 2015 - 2:42pm CST

(Reuters) — U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc. is close to buying rival Humana Inc., and a deal could be signed as early as this weekend, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Anthem confident, but experts see antitrust hurdles to Cigna deal

Published June 23, 2015 - 9:28am CST

(Reuters) — U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc. on Monday dismissed concerns that buying smaller competitor Cigna Corp. would be considered anti-competitive, even as antitrust experts said the combination would earn regulatory scrutiny.

Aetna employees helped test wellness platform

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 21, 2015 - 6:00am CST

After a yearlong pilot program with its employees, health insurer Aetna Inc. is offering employers a wellness engagement platform that includes voluntary genetic testing for metabolic syndrome, a common predictor of diabetes, heart and liver disease and other weight-related disorders.

One health insurer mega-merger could tip the scales

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 17, 2015 - 11:21am CST

A deal struck between any of the five major U.S. health insurers could cause a domino effect of merger and acquisition activity in the managed care sector, according to Fitch Ratings Inc.

UnitedHealth mulls Aetna acquisition

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 16, 2015 - 2:35pm CST

UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S.-based publicly traded health insurer, has expressed interest in acquiring rival insurer Aetna Inc., the Wall Street Journal reported.

Cigna rebuffs takeover approach by Anthem

Published June 15, 2015 - 1:13pm CST

(Reuters) — Health insurer Cigna Corp. has rebuffed a takeover offer from larger rival Anthem Inc. that valued the company at about $45 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Potential Humana sale to rival health insurers could spark market changes

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 07, 2015 - 6:00am CST

A sale of Humana Inc. would further consolidate the U.S. health insurance market, potentially increase insurers' influence with regulators and even benefit employers that provide group health coverage.

Highest-paid health insurer execs

Published June 04, 2015 - 3:49pm CST

Who were the highest-paid executives at publicly traded health insurers in 2014?

Humana poses attractive takeover target

By: Matt Dunning

Published June 03, 2015 - 12:07pm CST

Rival health insurers looking to buy Humana Inc. likely would be attracted by the potential to diversify their books with the purchase of a major insurer that's established in a fast growing sector of the market.

Former Rutgers broker admits defrauding Aetna

By: Shelby Livingston

Published June 03, 2015 - 11:41am CST

A former insurance broker for Rutgers University admitted to stealing more than $10 million in premiums owed to Hartford, Connecticut-based Aetna Life Insurance Co.

Health insurer Humana explores sale

Published May 29, 2015 - 12:51pm CST

(Reuters) – Humana Inc. is considering selling itself after receiving multiple expressions of takeover interest, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, highlighting the potential for further consolidation in the U.S. health insurance industry.

Anthem CFO says insurer could make 'meaningful' acquisition

Published May 19, 2015 - 11:26am CST

(Reuters) — The financial chief of Anthem Inc., the second-largest U.S. health insurer, said on Tuesday that low interest rates and other conditions make it a good time for an acquisition, adding to speculation about merger activity in the sector.

Aetna submits 2016 rates with eye on Supreme Court subsidy ruling

Published April 28, 2015 - 2:31pm CST

(Reuters) — Aetna Inc., the third-largest U.S. health insurer, is submitting 2016 individual insurance rates to state regulators but said it might need to reexamine them after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the legality of certain health care reform exchange subsidies.

Aetna boosts profit on higher membership

By: Shelby Livingston

Published April 28, 2015 - 1:33pm CST

Aetna Inc. posted strong first-quarter 2015 earnings, driven largely by increased enrollment, the health insurer said.

First quarter cat bonds reach record of $1.70 billion issued

By: Matthew Lerner

Published April 15, 2015 - 12:15pm CST

First quarter issuance of catastrophe bonds reached a record $1.70 billion this year, according to a report from Aon Benfield, the company said in a statement Wednesday.

Aetna, Cigna balk as Angelina effect spurs genetic cancer testing

Published April 13, 2015 - 9:43am CST

(Reuters) — Medical researchers call it the "Angelina Effect," the surge in demand for genetic testing attributable to movie star Angelina Jolie's public crusade for more aggressive detection of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Aetna hit with $1 million fine for bad information on pharmacy networks

By: Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare

Published April 07, 2015 - 10:49am CST

Aetna Inc. must pay the federal government $1 million because its websites and customer service agents allegedly relayed inaccurate information about which pharmacies were in-network for various Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans.

UnitedHealth-Catamaran deal sets up healthcare M&A chessboard

Published March 30, 2015 - 9:40am CST

(Reuters) — UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s planned takeover of No. 4 U.S. pharmacy benefits provider Catamaran Corp. will give the companies added heft in price talks with drug companies, serving as a catalyst for deals allowing other insurers to bulk up.

Health insurers post strong results despite reform law distractions

By: Matt Dunning

Published March 29, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The nation's largest publicly held health insurers met or exceeded most analysts' expectations in 2014 despite the tumultuous rollout of public health insurance exchanges plus new fees and regulations under federal health care reform law.

Aetna customers gain access to metabolic syndrome prevention tool

By: Shelby Livingston

Published February 19, 2015 - 2:52pm CST

Toronto-based personalized health company Newtopia Inc. will begin offering a health engagement platform targeting the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome to health benefits provider Aetna Inc.’s corporate customers and their employees.

Health care reform costs, investments nick Aetna profit

By: Matt Dunning

Published February 03, 2015 - 3:19pm CST

Increased investment spending and health care reform costs reduced Aetna Inc.'s fourth-quarter profits by more than one-third in 2014 compared to prior-year results, even as the company's total revenue grew by 12.1%.

U.S. corporate health exchanges find no new blue chip clients

Published December 15, 2014 - 10:22am CST

(Reuters) — Companies in the health care sector have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build exchanges that allow company employees to buy their own insurance, betting that Corporate America wants to get out of managing workers' health benefits.

Aetna says demand surging for individual ACA plans

Published December 12, 2014 - 3:58pm CST

(Reuters) — With the deadline approaching for individuals to renew healthcare plans purchased on HealthCare.gov, Aetna has begun to see a surge in customers for 2015, the insurer’s new president said on Thursday during a meeting with analysts and investors.

Aetna taps Karen Rohan as new president

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published December 02, 2014 - 1:09pm CST

Health insurer Aetna Inc. has promoted Karen Rohan to president, giving CEO Mark Bertolini a true second-in-command.

Aetna to form captive in Connecticut

By: Bill Kenealy

Published November 07, 2014 - 3:40pm CST

Hartford, Connecticut-based insurer Aetna Inc. confirmed on Friday that it is forming a captive insurance company, Aetna Risk Insurance Co., in its home state.

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