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Judge Nixes Aetna-Humana Mega-Merger Over Competitive Concerns

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The deal, along with a separate merger between Anthem and Cigna, would have consolidated the nation’s five largest insurers into three.

The New York Times: Judge Blocks Aetna’s $37 Billion Deal For Humana
A federal judge ruled on Monday that a $37 billion merger between the health insurance giants Aetna and Humana should not be allowed to go through on antitrust grounds, siding with the Justice Department, which had been seeking to block the deal. (Abelson and Picker, 1/23)

The Associated Press: Federal Judge Swats Aetna-Humana Insurer Combo
U.S. District Judge John Bates said in an opinion filed Monday that federal regulation would probably be “insufficient to prevent the merged firm from raising prices or reducing benefits,” and neither new competitors nor an Aetna plan to sell some of the combined company’s business to another insurer, Molina Healthcare Inc., would be enough to ease competitive concerns. (Murphy, 1/23)

Bloomberg: Aetna’s $37 Billion Humana Takeover Blocked By Judge 
The ruling is a victory for antitrust enforcement efforts initiated by the Obama administration. It may bode poorly for the planned $48 billion merger between Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., which was challenged by the Justice Department and is awaiting a ruling. Shares of all four companies declined. (McLaughlin, Tracer and Harris, 1/23)

USA Today: Aetna-Humana $37B Merger Blocked Over Fear It Would Harm Consumers
Although the antitrust decision can be appealed, the outcome could have significant ramifications on how older Americans purchase government Medicare and private Medicare Advantage coverage in the rapidly changing U.S. healthcare market, as well as on the options available to individuals who don’t have employer coverage. (McCoy, 1/23)

The Washington Post: Federal Judge Blocks Aetna-Humana Health Insurance Megamerger
“We are reviewing the opinion now and giving serious consideration to an appeal, after putting forward a compelling case,” Aetna spokesman T.J. Crawford said. The companies’ merger agreement, which has already been extended twice, will expire Feb. 15. (Johnson, 1/23)

The Hill: Judge Blocks Giant Health Insurance Merger
“Elderly patients were the big winners today as a federal court imposed an injunction on Aetna’s $37 billion acquisition of Humana,” the American Medical Association, which opposed the merger, said in a statement. (Sullivan, 1/23)

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Federal Judge Blocks Merger Of Health Insurance Giants Aetna And Humana
The Justice Department sued last summer to block the Aetna deal as well as Anthem’s separate, $48 billion purchase of Cigna. Both cases went to trial late last year. An

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