Health Plan Weekly

If DOJ Blocks UnitedHealth/Change Deal, Dispute Could Linger

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering taking steps to block UnitedHealth Group’s planned acquisition of Change Healthcare Inc., according to press reports. Experts say the DOJ has a strong case — and th...
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News Briefs

✦ The Dept. of Justice’s antitrust division is considering whether to file a suit aiming to block UnitedHealth Group’s $8 billion proposed acquisition of Change Healthcare, according to press reports. The Bide...
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Cigna Beats 2Q Expectations With Aid From Evernorth

Cigna Corp. had a better second quarter than equities analysts expected, leading to positive but cautious reviews by Wall Street on the health insurer’s outlook for the rest of the year. Cigna executives credited ...
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CVS/Aetna Has Solid Quarter Despite COVID Headwinds

CVS Health Corp., the parent company of health insurer Aetna, reported higher than expected profits in the second quarter of 2021. The pharmacy, health insurance and retail giant took in $2.42 in earnings per share,...
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Major Insurer Groups Oppose ACA Signup Period Extensions

In recent comments submitted to CMS, the two major insurer trade groups — who thus far have mostly been on the same page as the Biden administration — object to proposals that would lengthen the annual enrollmen...
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Texas Prior Authorization Law Ignites Accountability Debate

To health insurers, a new Texas law that significantly limits prior authorization practices will effectively eliminate health care providers’ accountability to offer safe, high-quality and cost-effective care. To ...
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News Briefs

✦ The bipartisan infrastructure package that U.S. senators are currently negotiating will further delay a never-implemented regulation that would restructure the Medicare Part D drug rebate system, various news ou...
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Centene, Humana Post Solid Second-Quarter Results

Centene Corp. and Humana Inc. both reported slightly better-than-expected second quarter 2021 results, which Wall Street met with cautious optimism. While executives from both health insurers preached caution due to...
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Moody’s: Jury’s Still Out on Value of Big Insurer Deals

Although health insurance companies in the past decade have significantly grown and diversified — thus strengthening their businesses — their credit ratings haven’t benefitted very much, at least according to ...
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What Does Failed Aon/WTW Deal Mean for Health Benefits?

An announced acquisition of Willis Towers Watson PLC (WTW) by fellow insurance broker Aon PLC fell apart after the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) sued to block the transaction due to antitrust concerns. Experts say that the...
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