Cigna MA Spinoff Rumor Prompts Wall Street Hopes for Megamerger

The Cigna Group could be fielding offers for its Medicare Advantage book, according to a Nov. 6 Reuters report. Experts say that a spinoff is plausible given the small size of Cigna’s MA book and Cigna’s heavy focus on commercial insurance — and Wall Street analysts say the move could be a first step towards a megamerger with a government-focused insurer.

Wells Fargo and RBC analysts say that the move could be an effort to preempt the intense antitrust scrutiny Cigna might face if it sought to merge with a government insurance-focused firm such as Humana Inc. or Centene Corp., because Cigna would have only commercial and Affordable Care Act marketplace books after an MA spinoff.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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