No, Giving More People Health Insurance Doesn't Save Money

NY TIMES Margot Sanger-Katz August 5, 2015 In 2014, an estimated nine million people became newly insured thanks to Obamacare. There’s an oft-expressed view that getting all those people covered could actually save the health system money. The argument goes something like this: Once people have insurance, they’ll go to the doctor instead of an… Read More

CEOs at Aetna, Anthem Help to Reshape Health-Insurance Industry

The unprecedented tandem deals could reshape industry into one topped by three giants THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Anna Wilde Mathews July 29, 2015 6:55 p.m. ET The leaders of the top five health insurers periodically get together to discuss policy issues, Aetna Inc. Chief Executive Mark T. Bertolini told investors in a private meeting… Read More

Health Care Tax Faces United Opposition From Labor and Employers

THE NEW YORK TIMES By REED ABELSON JULY 21, 2015 At the paper mill in Longview, Wash., Kurt Gallow and his wife, Brenda, are worrying about his company's proposed new health care plan, which would require workers to pay as much as $6,000 toward their families' medical bills. Mrs. Gallow's diabetic condition almost certainly will… Read More

Aetna Agrees to Acquire Humana for $37 Billion in Cash and Stock

THE NEW YORK TIMES By CHAD BRAY and REED ABELSON JULY 3, 2015 The health insurer Aetna said on Friday that it had agreed to acquire its smaller rival Humana for $37 billion in cash and stock, signaling the start of what may become a flurry of consolidation in the sector. The deal would bring… Read More

Health-Law Foes Recalibrate Approach

Opponents weigh narrower attacks on aspects of Affordable Care Act By Stephanie Armour June 26, 2015 7:00 p.m. ET Many opponents of the health law are putting away their legal wrecking balls and reaching for chisels. Thomas Miller, one of the strategists behind the Supreme Court case that aimed to strike down subsidies on the… Read More

Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that… Read More

Cigna Says Anthem Proposal Inadequate and Not in Best Interests of Cigna Shareholders

Cigna Corporation Responds with letter to Anthem's Board of Directors Notes questions about Anthem's lack of growth strategy, fundamental risks and other issues Cigna has long track record of success BLOOMFIELD, Conn., June 21, 2015 – Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI) confirmed today it received a highly conditional, non-binding proposal from Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) on June… Read More

Health Mergers Could Cut Consumer Options

Potential deals among large U.S. health insurers could have market overlaps that hinder competition, Journal analysis finds THE NEW YORK TIMES By Anna Wilde Mathews and Christopher Weaver Updated June 21, 2015 10:55 p.m. ET The nation's biggest health insurers, which are pursuing a series of potential megamergers, have market overlaps that could damp competition… Read More