The AMA aims to protect patients and physicians by actively opposing anticompetitive health insurer mergers.
Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana Mergers Denied
The AMA applauded the two decisions from federal judges blocking the proposed mega-mergers at the trial court level, as well as the federal appeals court decision affirming the decision to block the Anthem-Cigna merger. These decisions cited concerns about the insurers’ negotiation leverage with physicians and providers (Anthem-Cigna) and the erosion of competition in the sale of the Medicare Advantage plans (Aetna-Humana). In addition, the AMA successfully urged the DOJ and state plaintiffs to reject any offers to settle the Anthem-Cigna litigation. These decisions ultimately led Anthem to drop its effort to merge with Cigna, and Aetna’s plans to acquire Humana.