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U.S. insurers hold back Lilly's death-defying diabetes drug

By: Thomson Reuters

Published October 02, 2015 - 12:21pm CST

(Reuters) — America’s largest health insurers are urging doctors to stick with current standard treatments for diabetes instead of flocking to a new drug from Eli Lilly & Co. that is showing it can provide life-saving results for one-third of patients.

New Aetna exec will oversee Humana integration

By: Matt Dunning

Published September 30, 2015 - 1:48pm CST

Aetna Inc. on Wednesday announced two appointments to its senior leadership team, including one that will direct the company's planned integration with rival health insurer Humana Inc.

Psychiatrists group warns regulators insurance mergers could hurt care

By: Thomson Reuters

Published September 24, 2015 - 12:27pm CST

(Reuters) — The American Psychiatric Association warned U.S. antitrust regulators this month that two proposed health insurance deals could worsen access to mental health care services, adding to public opposition from several prominent doctor groups.

Lawmakers express antitrust concerns about insurance mergers

By: Thomson Reuters

Published September 22, 2015 - 2:11pm CST

(Reuters) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers expressed concern about two multibillion-dollar insurance mergers on Tuesday, using a Senate hearing to take issue with the companies' arguments that they face expanding competition from new rivals.

Justice Department makes second request on Aetna/Humana merger

By: Matt Dunning

Published September 21, 2015 - 2:56pm CST

The review of the proposed merger of health insurer rivals Aetna and Humana was to expire Sept. 18, but the Justice Department says it needs more information.

Aetna wants to build out Optum-like unit from Humana deal

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published September 18, 2015 - 9:43am CST

Even the largest health insurers realize they must do more if they want to remain at the top of the food chain — which is why Aetna wants to use Humana's assets to create a health services division.

Health insurer merger plans under antitrust fire

By: Matt Dunning

Published September 13, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Trade groups representing health care providers say consolidating four of the five largest publicly traded U.S. health insurers would reduce competition in dozens of states and possibly increase premiums.

Health care consolidation hearings likely to include ACA blame game

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published September 09, 2015 - 9:42am CST

Two massive health insurance mergers in the works have reignited a fiery discussion over excessive consolidation, and a series of congressional hearings kicking off this week will look for villains: hospitals, doctors, insurers or, more broadly, the Affordable Care Act.

Insurer mergers would squash competition, AMA says

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published September 08, 2015 - 9:02am CST

If the pending mergers between Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. are approved by the federal government, major insurance markets in almost half the country would suffer from reduced competition and potentially higher prices, according to a new analysis released by the American Medical Association.

Health insurer mega-mergers may trigger more deals

By: Jerry Geisel

Published September 04, 2015 - 2:09pm CST

Several factors, including the potential for increased bargaining clout in negotiating with medical providers, are driving the wave of mega-health insurer mergers — and could result in further market consolidation as other companies try to keep up, A.M. Best Co. Inc. said in a report released Friday.

Week in pictures

Published September 04, 2015 - 9:28am CST

Business Insurance is back on the merger-go-round with developments at Aetna-Humana and more this week in pictures. View the gallery

Hospital group pushes back on Aetna-Humana merger

By: Matt Dunning

Published September 02, 2015 - 3:33pm CST

The American Hospital Association says the proposed $37 billion merger between rival health insurers Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. would pose a substantial threat to competition within the health insurance marketplace.

Aetna, Humana set Oct. 19 for shareholder merger vote

By: Matt Dunning

Published August 31, 2015 - 5:17pm CST

Aetna Inc. has announced that its shareholders will meet on Oct. 19 to vote on the company's proposed merger with rival health insurer Humana Inc.

Health insurers make money amid M&A deals

By: Matt Dunning

Published August 30, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Amid a flurry of consolidation, the five largest publicly traded U.S. health insurers posted strong first-half revenue and net income, due in part to pricing and utilization improvements.

Week in pictures

Published August 21, 2015 - 10:07am CST

Aetna's persistence, drone challenges, continued Asian flooding, Hurricane Danny and more fill the week in pictures for Business Insurance.View the gallery

Aetna hires more lobbyists to ensure Humana deal

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published August 20, 2015 - 9:39am CST

Aetna Inc. is determined to nab government approval of its $37 billion acquisition of Humana Inc. And the health insurance titan has bulked up its roster of hired guns to meet that goal.

Aetna refiling federal review notice of proposed Humana merger

By: Matt Dunning

Published August 19, 2015 - 2:59pm CST

Health insurer Aetna Inc. said it will give federal antitrust regulators an additional month to review its proposed acquisition of rival insurer Humana Inc.

Growing chorus warns of perils in hospital, insurer mergers

By: Melanie Evans, Modern Healthcare

Published August 18, 2015 - 9:27am CST

There’s a growing chorus among those who fear giants created by merging hospitals and insurers will squash innovation and boost prices.

How Humana hitched with Aetna (and drove Cigna to Anthem)

By: Bob Herman, Modern Healthcare

Published August 12, 2015 - 10:16am CST

The back story behind Aetna Inc.'s acquisition of Humana Inc. reads like a soap opera in which each of the “big five” health insurance companies were involved and multiple deals were hanging in the air at the same time.

Hospitals urge antitrust probe of Anthem-Cigna deal

Published August 06, 2015 - 1:48pm CST

(Reuters) — Hospitals urged antitrust regulators this week to consider whether health insurer Anthem Inc.'s planned acquisition of rival Cigna Corp. would boost health care costs.

Aetna profit up 33% in quarter

By: Shelby Livingston

Published August 04, 2015 - 11:47am CST

Aetna Inc. posted strong second-quarter results Tuesday driven by the performance of its government business, increased medical membership and an increase in premium revenue.

Anthem to buy Cigna for $54 billion

By: Reuters

Published July 24, 2015 - 6:22am CST

Anthem Inc. said on Friday it would buy Cigna Corp. in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership.

Anthem set to announce deal for Cigna this week: Sources

Published July 23, 2015 - 9:28am CST

(Reuters) — U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc. is close to finalizing negotiations to acquire peer Cigna Inc. and could announce a roughly $48 billion deal as early as this week, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Mergers concentrate health insurers

By: Matt Dunning

Published July 19, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Consolidation among the largest U.S. health insurers will increase their clout with health care providers, but whether that means lower costs for employers remains to be seen.

Employers weigh in on health insurer mergers

By: Jerry Geisel

Published July 15, 2015 - 10:16am CST

Employers are deeply divided about the effect consolidation of big health insurers could have on them and their employees, according to a new survey.

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