Even If Justice Dept. Blocks Insurer Mega-Mergers, Consolidation Trend Likely To Continue


The New York Times:
Failure Of 2 Health Insurer Mergers Is Unlikely To Stop The Efforts


The Justice Department is expected to block two mergers involving four of the nation’s five largest health insurance companies, on the ground that the deals would harm competition. But don’t expect the action to stop the consolidation in the health care industry anytime soon. No matter the fate of the deals between Anthem and Cigna, and Aetna and Humana, hospitals, doctors’ groups and even insurers are almost certain to continue their scramble to find partners in a rapidly changing environment. Blockbuster deals may slow, but smaller combinations will remain attractive. (Abelson, 7/20)

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