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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.

Humana's evolution into Medicare powerhouse offers strong lure to Aetna

By: Melanie Evans, Modern Healthcare

Published July 14, 2015 - 10:19am CST

An acquisition by Aetna Inc. would bring an end to the half-century of radical company makeovers by Humana Inc. and create an insurance giant in the fast-growing market for government-subsidized health plans.

Week in pictures

Published July 10, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The continuing courtship among insurers, lights out at the NYSE, economic woes of Greece and more filled the week at Business Insurance.

Proposed Aetna-Humana merger expected to spur more consolidations

By: Matt Dunning

Published July 08, 2015 - 12:40pm CST

The proposed merger between Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. all but assures further consolidation within the health insurance industry, experts say.

Humana, Aetna set termination fees for deal

Published July 08, 2015 - 9:59am CST

(Reuters) – Health insurer Humana Inc. and buyer Aetna Inc. set fees to be paid in the event of a failure of the largest deal in the health insurance industry.

Fitch puts Aetna on negative review over Humana news

By: Matt Dunning

Published July 07, 2015 - 1:45pm CST

Credit rating agencies continued to sour on Aetna Inc.'s plan to acquire rival health insurer Humana Inc. on Tuesday, as Fitch Ratings Inc. placed Aetna on review with negative implications based on new details of the proposed $37 billion merger.

Humana cuts outlook, raising new concerns about Aetna deal

Published July 07, 2015 - 9:15am CST

(Reuters) — Humana Inc., fresh from announcing an agreement to be purchased by larger rival Aetna Inc., prompted new investor concerns about the $33 billion deal on Monday by lowering its 2015 financial forecasts.

Aetna purchase of Humana to face regulatory hurdles

By: Matt Dunning

Published July 06, 2015 - 12:13pm CST

Senior executives at Aetna Inc. said on Monday that they're prepared for regulators' review of their proposed merger with rival health insurer Humana Inc., whether it is reviewed alone or in tandem with other large deals within the industry.

Aetna's move to buy Humana may start trend

By: Gavin Souter and Matt Dunning

Published July 05, 2015 - 6:00am CST

After weeks of maneuvering, consolidation among major health insurers began Friday, with Aetna Inc. announcing that it will buy rival Humana Inc. for $37 billion.

Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion in largest insurance deal

Published July 03, 2015 - 6:47am CST

(Reuters) — Health insurer Aetna Inc. said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc. for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest-ever deal in the insurance industry.

Merger mania 2015

Published July 03, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Whether it's to establish global reach, enter new lines of business or to combat overcapacity, the insurance segment has been alive with merger activity in 2015. Just this week, two megamergers took place. Here's a look at what's happening:

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.

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