Health Insurers Remain Hungry for Deals, But Headwinds Await

Although executing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is an important part of health insurers’ growth toolkit, industry insiders tell AIS Health, a division of MMIT, that companies could face challenges completing deals in 2024 due to factors such as high interest rates and government intervention.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) last month finalized updated merger guidelines for the first time since 2020. The FTC and DOJ noted the guidelines “are not themselves legally binding, but provide transparency into the Agencies’ decision-making process.”

Law firm Morgan Lewis wrote in a Dec. 21 brief that the FTC and DOJ are “dramatically expanding the number and type of transactions that the agencies will consider presumptively unlawful,” although the authors noted that the agencies have both “lost several merger cases in the last few years.”

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Tim Casey

Tim Casey

Tim has been a reporter and editor for newspapers, websites and magazines for more than 20 years, including 10 years covering health care business topics. He has a deep knowledge of the managed care industry and pharmacy benefit management. He also has experience covering medical conferences and clinical and legislative health care issues. In 2014, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing selected Tim as one of 15 journalists to participate in a national symposium on the Affordable Care Act. Tim has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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