A Cigna-Humana Merger Could Shake Up Medicare Advantage, Commercial Markets

A megamerger reportedly brewing between The Cigna Group and Humana Inc. could create a health insurance giant with 31 million members that’s capable of rivaling UnitedHealth Group and CVS Health Corp — if the deal could weather antitrust challenges.

Cigna’s health insurance products cover more than 17 million people nationwide, and almost 80% of its members are enrolled in administrative services only (ASO) employer-based health plans, according to the latest data from AIS’s Directory of Health Plans (DHP). Humana, meanwhile, enrolls over 13.7 million people, with nearly 42% in Medicare Advantage plans, including those serving people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. It also has a large contract with TRICARE, the health insurance program serving military service members, retirees and their families.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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