Cigna’s MDLive Deal Arrives in Telehealth’s Big Moment

Health insurers have begun to consolidate their position in the telehealth market, as indicated by a recent move by Cigna Corp. to acquire MDLive Inc. Meanwhile, lawmakers are beginning to consider the future of telehealth regulation and payment, which could include a new Medicare reimbursement scheme and a new national licensing regime for practitioners.

Cigna’s Evernorth health services arm announced on Feb. 26 that it had reached an agreement with MDLive to acquire the virtual care provider, which offers video visits for medical care, dermatology, psychology and psychiatry, according to MDLive’s website. While the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, private equity news outlet and business intelligence firm PitchBook said on March 1 that MDLive “was valued at $1 billion.” Cigna and MDLive have an existing relationship: MDLive has been available in-network as a primary care option to all members of Cigna’s commercial members since January 2020.

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Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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