Hospitals, Insurers Spar over Health Care Mergers

August 7, 2015

The Hill (Sullivan, 8/7) reported that the American Hospital Association (AHA) wrote to the Department of Justice’s antitrust division raising concerns about the two proposed health insurance company mergers: one between Anthem and Cigna and the other between Aetna and Humana. These are four of the five biggest health insurers in the country, and would bring the number of major national health insurance players down from five to three (UnitedHealth is the other major company). The hospitals warned that the insurance deals could have a “profound” effect on “access, affordability, and innovation.” In contrast, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) responded that insurers are looking to keep coverage affordable through negotiating lower medical bills and shifting to a system of paying for quality over quantity.