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August 2016

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From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - After nearly a year, Anthem, Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Cigna Corp. is on increasingly shaky ground with state regulators and the Dept. of Justice (DOJ), according to news reports, raising concerns about the impact such a deal could have on market competitiveness and health coverage costs. “The national nature of [Anthem and Cigna’s] overlapping assets — large group and administrative services only — means the bar for proving that there are no issues on the national or local level is probably set higher” relative to Aetna Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Humana Inc., Cowen & Co. equities analyst Christine Arnold wrote in a June 16 note to investors. Read more

In the early days of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there was… Read more

As the so-called insurers of last resort in many states, Blue Cross… Read more

High deductibles, tight provider networks and a substantial increase in non-group enrollment… Read more

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July 21, 2016
Aetna, Anthem to Fight DOJ Decision to Block Mergers

Aetna, Anthem say they will fight DOJ decision to block mergers. http://tinyurl.com/zmwr3gt, http://tinyurl.com/habrclh

July 19, 2016
Report: U.S. to File Lawsuits to Block Anthem-Cigna, Aetna-Humana Deals

U.S. reportedly to file lawsuits to block both Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana deals. http://tinyurl.com/jxhclzs

July 6, 2016
Anthem Strikes Episode-of-Care Agreement With Vantage Oncology

Anthem strikes episode-of-care agreement with Vantage Oncology. http://tinyurl.com/zp87dnl

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