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Aetna-Humana Merger Blocked

Monday, January 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
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On January 23 federal judge John D. Bates blocked the proposed Aetna-Humana merger. The judge found that the merger would have substantially lessened competition in Medicare Advantage and commercial health insurance markets. This is an extraordinarily well documented, comprehensive, fact-based ruling by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, which acknowledges that meaningful action was needed to preserve competition and protect high-quality medical care from unprecedented market power that Aetna would acquire from the merger deal.

The decision is both historic and precedent setting and is an affirmation of the position that the Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons took on behalf of members last year. Thank you to all CSEPS members and the host of other medical societies in Colorado and across the nation that collaborated closely in this fight.