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02 апреля, 21:59

Rite Aid-Albertsons Merger Crosses First Antitrust Hurdle

Rite Aid (RAD) successfully crosses the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, taking its first step toward merger with Albertsons.

02 апреля, 17:00

Can Walmart Fortify Position Against Amazon With Humana Deal?

Walmart's (WMT) plans to extend existing ties with Humana to enhance healthcare offerings, seems another bullet shot by the former in its war against the e-commerce king.

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29 марта, 04:44

CVS-Aetna wants to be in your neighborhood because Zip codes powerfully shape people's health

Aetna's CEO says health insurance has to become more than a “warranty card."

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28 марта, 00:48

Some Aetna customers will see lower drug prices

About 3 million Aetna customers could get a break at the pharmacy next year.

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27 марта, 15:35

Aetna's pharmacy rebates apply to only some of its plan members

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27 марта, 15:33

Aetna estimates 3 mln members could potentially benefit from pharmacy rebates

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27 марта, 15:32

Aetna to apply pharmacy rebates at time of sale for commercial fully insured plan members

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27 марта, 11:57

Breakingviews: Market jitters accentuate M&A regulatory risk

Market swoons are bad news for dealmakers. Stock-market plunges can erode the value of bids involving acquirers’ stock, make bankers reluctant to lend, and change the outlook violently. Recent market

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26 марта, 15:04

Top 5 healthiest places to live in the US: Aetna CEO

Mark Bertolini, Aetna chairman and CEO, and Eric Gertler, U.S. News chairman, talk about the metrics used to rank which communities in America offer the best quality of life.

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22 марта, 19:22

In A Good Sign For CVS-Aetna Deal, FTC Clears Big Hospital Merger

The Federal Trade Commission’s approval of a large hospital merger in the Midwest could be a good sign for CVS Health's purchase of Aetna amid major health industry consolidation.

20 марта, 19:19

CVS Health's Pharmacy Services Remain Solid Amid Retail Drag

CVS Health's (CVS) robust 2018 PBM selling season is an upside. We are also upbeat about the company's initiation of the crucial $69-billion acquisition of Aetna.

20 марта, 16:35

Should Value Investors Consider Aetna (AET) Stock Right Now?

Is Aetna (AET) a great pick from the value investor's perspective right now? Read on to know more.

17 марта, 13:48

Obamacare insurers just had their best year ever — despite Trump

A new POLITICO analysis finds many health plans turned a profit for the first time as GOP fumbled repeal.

15 марта, 17:45

Centene Makes Investment in RxAdvance, Builds Partnership

Centene's (CNC) transformative alliance with RxAdvance is another instance of Health insurers joining forces with pharmacy benefit managers to reduce the costs in the drug supply chain.

15 марта, 14:54

CVS Health a Step Closer to Aetna Merger: Boon or Bane?

The CVS Health (CVS)-Aetna deal has surfaced after Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase revealed their plans to form a joint venture.

14 марта, 18:04

Head of major insurer lobby stepping down after turbulent term

Marilyn Tavenner is stepping down after three tumultuous years at the helm of America’s Health Insurance Plans, a K Street powerhouse that's seen its influence decline as Washington grew more hostile to Obamacare.Tavenner oversaw AHIP as Republicans took full control of the federal government, hellbent on dismantling the 2010 health care law. The industry group was forced to take on that fight with diminished resources, with three of the country’s largest insurers — UnitedHealth Group, Aetna and Humana — dropping out of the organization in recent years. AHIP spent $6.5 million on lobbying last year — a nearly 40 percent decline from four years earlier.Tavenner will be replaced by Matt Eyles, who is currently the lobby's chief operating officer.The 2015 hiring of Tavenner, who served as CMS administrator under former President Barack Obama, was initially seen as a coup following the departure of AHIP's longtime, dynamic leader Karen Ignagni. But having one of the most prominent faces of Obamacare at the head of the organization became less of an asset after President Donald Trump took office seeking to wipe out his predecessor’s health care legacy.Insurers suffered a pair of high-profile hits on their Obamacare business in recent months, despite their efforts to stabilize the law's fragile marketplaces. Trump scrapped cost-sharing subsidy payments to insurers in October, and Republicans repealed the law's individual mandate in their tax cut package. Health insurers did score a couple major wins in Washington last year. They helped fight off massive Medicaid cuts Republican lawmakers proposed as part of the Obamacare repeal effort, and Congress suspended the law's health insurance tax for 2019. In addition, private Medicare and Medicaid plans have continued to prosper regardless of which party is in power.“There’s so much happening at the state level around Medicaid,“ Eyles told POLITICO, citing the possibility that more states will expand Medicaid and conservative states will add work requirements to the program. “I think Medicaid is going to be a key priority for the foreseeable future.”Even as several major insurers have split from AHIP, the group added a dozen new members last year. That includes WellCare, one of the country’s largest Medicaid plans. “We finished last year in a really strong financial position,” Eyles said.Eyles joined AHIP in 2015, leading its policy and regulatory work. He previously served as a vice president at Coventry Health Care, which is now part of Aetna. His resume also includes stints with drugmakers Pfizer and Eli Lilly, as well as the CBO.Tavenner is retiring on June 1. Eyles will take over the top job at what remains a precarious time for the insurance industry. Republicans are unlikely to take another stab at dismantling the Affordable Care Act anytime soon, after their repeated failures last year. But the Obamacare markets remain shaky, with dwindling competition and skyrocketing premiums.Insurers are currently pushing to get a stabilization package included in the omnibus spending bill that needs to clear Congress by March 23. But Democrats and Republicans remain sharply divided on the details, leaving the prospects for inclusion looking remote.“We think it’s critically important to get a stabilization, premium reduction package in place,” Eyles said. “The time is now.“

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13 марта, 17:39

Buy These 3 Stocks as Healthcare Continues to Shift Gears

Mergers and acquisition in the healthcare industry should aid long term-growth for companies.

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12 марта, 22:40

Can CVS's Acquisition Of Aetna Live Up To Its Price Tag?

Drug retail chain CVS has completed a $40 billion bond sale, the third-largest corporate bond sale on record, to finance its proposed acquisition of health insurer Aetna.