The Next Big Deal? Rumored Cigna-Humana Talks Raise PBM Overlap Question

The Cigna Group is reportedly discussing a multibillion-dollar deal with Humana Inc. that would create a diversified health insurance giant capable of going toe-to-toe with UnitedHealth Group and CVS Health Corp.

Industry observers agree that such a transaction would receive robust regulatory scrutiny — with many predicting a high likelihood that federal officials will lob a legal challenge. However, opinions vary about how much the companies’ respective PBM businesses present a major antitrust risk.

News of the potential deal came from a Nov. 29 Wall Street Journal article, which cited people familiar with the matter speaking on condition of anonymity. Assuming the talks don’t fall apart, the terms of the deal could be finalized by the end of the year, the article stated.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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