Federal Appeals Court Blocks Anthem-Cigna Merger!
On April 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a federal court ruling that blocked the proposed merger of the two health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna.
MSMA strongly objected to the merger at both the state and federal level, citing the unhealthy concentration of market power the newly-combined entity would have. MSMA, the AMA, and others loudly warned that the resulting anti-competitive insurance environment would be harmful to the public, with higher premiums, greater out-of-pocket costs, narrow provider networks, and reduced access to care.
The lower court, with the appellate court now concurring, sided with the U.S. Department of Justice which filed the original lawsuit against the proposal. The court found that the merger would have worsened an already highly-concentrated market, and likely would have raised prices. The court also found that Anthem did not defend its allegation that “all providers, no matter their size, location, or financial structure, are operating at comfortable margins well above their costs.”
This is an important victory for physicians and their patients, and comes on the heels of an equally significant court ruling in January that blocked a similar merger between Aetna and Humana. Don’t let your non-member colleagues tell you that organized medicine doesn’t do anything for you.
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On February 8, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling that blocked the proposed merger of the two health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna...read more.
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