Elevance-BCBS of Louisiana Deal, by the Numbers

Elevance Health has signed a deal to acquire Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, the companies said on Jan. 23. With 1,049,194 members, BCBS of Louisiana is currently the second-largest health insurer in the state, according to AIS’s Directory of Health Plans. Combined, the two insurers will surpass the current market leader, UnitedHealthcare, with over 1.4 million enrollees in the state.

The acquisition builds on an existing joint ownership of Healthy Blue, which offers Medicaid and Medicare dual eligible coverage. The deal would expand Elevance’s presence in the state by 281%. If the deal closes, Elevance, the largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliate with almost 37.6 million enrollees, will operate as a Blues licensee in 15 states.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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