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Healthcare Mergers

House Committee Passes Bill with Healthcare Merger Implications

April 6, 2017 - The House Judiciary Committee has voted 16-10 in favor of a bill that would revise and standardize part of the process of reviewing mergers for potential antitrust violations.   The Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (SMARTER Act) of 2017 would block the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) ability to challenge a merger and limits their power to court injunctions....


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House Committee Passes Bill with Healthcare Merger Implications

by Thomas Beaton

The House Judiciary Committee has voted 16-10 in favor of a bill that would revise and standardize part of the process of reviewing mergers for potential antitrust violations.   The Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules...

Anthem Appeals Cigna Merger with Cost, Quality Arguments

by Thomas Beaton

Anthem has opened an appeal in the U.S District Court citing opportunities for increased consumer savings and quality of care weeks after the DOJ blocked its planned merger with Cigna. Anthem argued that the DoJ’s ruling neglected a possible...

House Votes to Boost Health Insurance Options for Businesses

by Thomas Beaton

The House of Representatives has voted 236-175 to move the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017 to the Senate in an effort to increase health insurance options for small businesses. The Act is designed to promote the growth of Association...

AHA Urges D.C Appeals Court to “Uphold Cigna-Anthem Ruling”

by Thomas Beaton

The American Hospital Association (AHA) released a public document urging the U.S Court of Appeals in Washington D.C, to affirm the block on the Cigna-Anthem merger. In an amicus barae, the AHA outlined various antitrust violations and inhibitions...

Bill Would Make Health Insurance Liable for Antitrust Laws

by Thomas Beaton

Proposed legislation supported by the American Hospital Association passed the House Judiciary Committee earlier that if approved by Congress make health insurance companies liable for anti-competitive business practices. The Competitive Health...

Market Monopoly Cause of Court Blocking Cigna-Anthem Merger

by Thomas Beaton

The full opinion of United States District Court for the District of Columbia blocking Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna became publicly available earlier this week and provides details into the court’s decision. In the memorandum opinion,...

After Terminated Merger, Cigna Demands $13B from Anthem

by Thomas Beaton

UPDATE: Anthem has secured a restraining order against Cigna preventing the final dissolusion of the merger.  The temporary order will be reviewed during a Delaware Chancery Court hearing on April 10. After a court ruling ended the...

Aetna, Humana Terminate Merger Deal After Court Defeat

by Thomas Beaton

Aetna and Humana have scrapped their merger plans after the Department of Justice blocked the deal due to antitrust concerns.  Aetna will pay Humana a $1 billion termination fee, included as part of the original agreement. The DOJ lawsuit,...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Cigna-Anthem Health Insurance Merger

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A federal judge in Washington DC recently blocked a potential $48 billion health insurance merger between Cigna and Anthem, according to a Department of Justice (DoJ) press release. The two payers started the merger process back in the summer...

Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Aetna

by Vera Gruessner

A shareholder class action lawsuit has been filed against the national health insurance company Aetna Inc., according to a press release from the law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP. The announcement came earlier this...

Why a Court Stopped the Aetna-Humana Health Insurance Merger

by Vera Gruessner

On January 23, Judge John D. Bates of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Aetna-Humana health insurance merger would lead to antitrust problems and was not allowed to continue. The Coalition to Protect Patient...

Federal Court Blocks Aetna-Humana Health Insurance Merger

by Vera Gruessner

Today, a federal judge ruled that the health insurance merger between the healthcare payers Aetna and Humana should be blocked on the grounds that it would create antitrust issues, according to The New York Times. The health insurance...

How Blue Cross Health Plans Affect Anthem-Cigna Merger Lawsuit

by Vera Gruessner

The Anthem-Cigna merger lawsuit has brought significant evidence to light ever since the case began on November 21, 2016. The Department of Justice has been able to illuminate that the health insurance merger would create major market concentration...

AMA: Health Insurance Merger Cuts Medicare Advantage Competition

by Vera Gruessner

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced in a press release earlier this week their position against the health insurance merger between Aetna and Humana, particularly regarding its impact on the Medicare Advantage market. The AMA is...

Health Insurance Merger Lawsuit Considers Efficiencies Factor

by Vera Gruessner

On Monday, November 21, the court trial filed by the Department of Justice against the health insurance merger between Anthem and Cigna began. The drive to stop the $48 billion health insurance merger started due to concerns over a negative impact...

Anthem-Cigna Health Insurance Merger Suit Starts on November 21

by Vera Gruessner

The lawsuit against the Anthem-Cigna health insurance merger had its first pretrial conference this past Monday, according to The Coalition to Protect Patient Choice. Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that the two parties met to have a discussion...

How Payers Could Compete in Midst of Health Insurance Mergers

by Vera Gruessner

Among the payers facing a Department of Justice lawsuit against their health insurance mergers, Aetna and Humana have requested sanctions due to the government allegedly delaying the release of documents the two insurers need. The Motion for...

Two Legal Arguments For and Against Health Insurance Mergers

by Vera Gruessner

In 2015, the national insurer Anthem began proceedings to acquire Cigna while Aetna planned to merge with Humana. Very quickly, opposition lined up against the two planned health insurance mergers, with some arguing that bringing the top five...

Merger Suit Led Aetna to Drop out of Health Insurance Exchanges

by Vera Gruessner

The national health payer Aetna may have chosen to reduce its participation in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges due to the Department of Justice’s decision to pursue a lawsuit against the merger between Aetna and...

Health Insurance Acquisitions Impede Competition in 24 States

by Vera Gruessner

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced today in a press release the results of a new study show that the health insurance acquisitions between Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana would obstruct competition in the health insurance market throughout...

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