health insurer mergers News

Appeals Court Blocks Anthem-Cigna Merger Bid

A U.S. appeals court on Friday blocked health insurer Anthem Inc’s bid to merge with Cigna, upholding a lower court’s decision that the $54 billion deal should not be allowed because it would lead to higher prices for healthcare. The …

Anthem Not Giving Up on Merger with Cigna Even If Cigna Is

Anthem Inc. on Wednesday won a temporary restraining order that blocks smaller rival Cigna Corp. from officially terminating their proposed $54 billion merger, a transaction already rejected by U.S. antitrust regulators. Judge Travis Laster of Delaware’s Court of Chancery granted …

Aetna, Humana Officially End Merger Deal; Won’t Appeal Court Ruling

Health insurers Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. walked away from their $34 billion merger deal on Tuesday, after a U.S. judge ruled in January the combination would stifle competition in the private Medicare Advantage program for retirees. After the Jan. …

Federal Judge Halts Anthem-Cigna Merger as Harmful to Competition

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled against U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc.’s proposed $54 billion merger with smaller rival Cigna Corp., derailing an unprecedented effort to consolidate the country’s health insurance industry. The U.S. Justice Department sued in July to …

Judge Nixes Aetna’s $37 Billion Purchase of Humana; Aetna Considers Appeal

Aetna Inc.’s $37 billion deal to buy rival insurer Humana Inc. was blocked by a federal judge, thwarting one of two large mergers that would reshape the U.S. health-care landscape. Aetna said it was considering an appeal. The transaction would …

Anthem-Cigna Merger Trial Pits Efficiency Claims vs. Loss of Competition Claims

Anthem Inc. and the U.S. Justice Department extended their clash over whether the insurer’s planned takeover of rival Cigna Corp. will raise costs, as government witnesses testified Friday that the deal will harm health-care providers and patients. Frank Gorse, a …

In Anthem-Cigna Merger Trial, Fortune 500 Said Not at Risk

Anthem Inc. and the U.S. Justice Department dug in their heels on Monday in court over whether the lower prices the health insurer expects to negotiate after buying smaller rival Cigna Corp. are an efficiency that benefits customers or an …

Judge May Split Anthem-Cigna Merger Trial into Two Parts

The judge who will rule on whether the government may stop health insurer Anthem from buying competitor Cigna said Friday that she was considering splitting the trial into phases. Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the …

Judge: No Ruling on Anthem-Cigna Merger Until 2017

The judge overseeing the U.S. Justice Department’s bid to stop health insurer Anthem from merging with competitor Cigna said on Friday her goal was to have a ruling by the end of January, later than the Dec. 30 date sought …

Court Battles Begin as U.S., States Sue to Halt Anthem, Aetna Mergers

U.S. antitrust enforcers roundly rejected a pair of proposed deals that would consolidate the nation’s five biggest health insurers into just three. The Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit to stop Anthem Inc.’s merger with Cigna Corp. in federal court …