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UnitedHeathcare a player in insurance merger lawsuits


WASHINGTON – UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer and former potential suitor to merge with Cigna, provided the Justice Department with a large amount of sensitive, proprietary and confidential information to help the government investigate and block the mergers by its rivals. Continue Reading →

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CT is Exhibit A in antitrust fight against Anthem-Cigna merger

Cigna headquarters in Bloomfield

WASHINGTON — In its court battle to block the merger of Anthem and Cigna, the U.S. Justice Department plans to use Connecticut’s market as a prime example of why increased consolidation in the health insurance field would hurt consumers. “It was clear to us… that if Connecticut had not decided to participate in the lawsuit, (the state) would have been a focal point of the case anyhow,” said Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, who has joined the DOJ lawsuit. Continue Reading →

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Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna facing different merger obstacles

Aetna headquarters in Hartford

WASHINGTON – So far, Aetna appears to be clearing the regulatory and antitrust hurdles it faces to merge with Humana more easily, while Anthem’s proposed marriage to Cigna has faced more troubles. Neither has yet cleared the hurdle of antitrust approval from the U.S. Justice Department. Continue Reading →

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AMA asks Justice Department to block Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna mergers

WASHINGTON – Saying it would end competition in key markets and erode patient care, the American Medical Association has asked the Justice Department to quash the proposed mergers between insurance giants Aetna and Humana and Anthem and Cigna. Continue Reading →

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Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna mergers spark D.C. lobbying war

Aetna headquarters in Hartford

WASHINGTON — With high stakes in play, Aetna, Inc. has hired four high-powered Washington lobbying firms to help the company win federal approval of a merger with Humana. Cigna followed by hiring three D.C. lobbying firms this week to press its case to merge with Anthem. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro, Blumenthal propose Medicare Advantage change

Dr. Steven Wolfson

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Rosa DeLauro are proposing bills that would prevent Medicare Advantage plans from dropping doctors without cause except during open enrollment periods. They explained their idea Monday at a roundtable discussion in Fairhaven. Continue Reading →

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