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Aetna, Anthem reassure investors on public health exchanges

By: Thomson Reuters

Published November 20, 2015 - 9:01am CST

Pair report that their business is just fine on the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

Health insurance satisfaction declines: Survey

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published November 17, 2015 - 2:53pm CST

The American Customer Satisfaction Index reveals those in group health plans are dissatisfied with their employer-provided health coverage.

Week in pictures

Published November 13, 2015 - 9:58am CST

Brazil takes the lead in the Business Insurance week in pictures. But there's much more.

Humana profit rises, but challenges remain

By: Shelby Livingston

Published November 06, 2015 - 12:14pm CST

Humana Inc. on Friday recorded improved third-quarter profit reflecting gains in Medicare membership.

Lawmakers urge mental health parity protection as insurers merge

By: Matt Dunning

Published November 02, 2015 - 5:08pm CST

Several U.S. House Democrats have asked federal antitrust regulators currently evaluating proposed mergers among the nation's largest health insurers to protect against potential reductions in patient access to mental health and substance abuse benefits, should the deals go through.

UnitedHealth could gain from rivals' mergers

By: Matt Dunning

Published October 29, 2015 - 2:31pm CST

UnitedHealth Group's position at the top of the industry is unlikely to be imperiled by consolidation among four of the five largest health insurers in the United States.

Aetna profit drops in third quarter

By: Matt Dunning

Published October 29, 2015 - 1:27pm CST

Both Aetna's total membership and net income declined in the third quarter of 2015, due primarily to its lackluster performance in the public health insurance exchanges.

Clinton has 'serious concerns' about health insurer mergers

By: Thomson Reuters

Published October 21, 2015 - 10:01am CST

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is less than enthusiastic about the proposed mergers of health insurers Aetna and Humana and Anthem and Cigna, and is pushing for thorough regulatory review of the two deals.

Shareholders approve merger of Aetna, Humana

By: Matt Dunning

Published October 19, 2015 - 4:22pm CST

Expected to close to in the second half of 2016, the $37 billion deal awaits just state and federal OK.

Voluntary genetic testing may help some wellness efforts

By: Matt Dunning

Published October 19, 2015 - 3:05pm CST

Incorporating voluntary genetic testing into workplace wellness programming could help substantially lower employers' total health care costs, according to a new study by Aetna Inc. and Toronto-based health management firm Newtopia Inc.

As insurers aim to get bigger, hospitals eye health plan entry

By: Thomson Reuters

Published October 13, 2015 - 9:52am CST

Some hospitals are less than enthused about the health insurer mega-mergers announced this past summer and are looking at ways to take control of their own destinies.

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

By: Thomson Reuters

Published October 02, 2015 - 12:21pm CST

A promising new diabetes drug is being shunned by America's largest health insurers.

New Aetna exec will oversee Humana integration

By: Matt Dunning

Published September 30, 2015 - 1:48pm CST

Former OptumHealth CEO Rick Jelinek has been charged with overseeing Aetna'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.

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