The Antitrust Tripwire for Health Insurers Cigna and Humana

A deal reportedly brewing between health insurance giants Cigna and Humana will likely face antitrust challenges over their respective pharmacy benefit management businesses, experts tell Axios. The companies’ respective insurance businesses may not trigger antitrust concerns, since Cigna is more focused on the private market while Humana is centered on government business, including Medicare Advantage. Cigna is reportedly exploring a sale of its Medicare Advantage business, which investors see as preparation for a possible Humana bid, wrote TD Cowen analyst Gary Taylor. That “leaves an elephant in the room,” Taylor wrote — PBMs.

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Source: https://www.axios.com/2023/11/30/antitrust-tripwire-pbm-cigna-humana

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