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Caroline Humer

Walmart, Home Depot adopt health insurer tactic in drug copay battle

Nov 13 2018

NEW YORK Walmart and Home Depot , two of the top 10 U.S. employers, have embraced a health insurance strategy that punishes drugmakers for using discount cards to keep patients from switching or stopping their medications.

UnitedHealth forecasts 2019 profit gains after earnings beat

Oct 16 2018

UnitedHealth Group Inc on Tuesday backed Wall Street's 2019 earnings forecast, citing momentum in newer businesses like providing medical services and traditional areas, including managing U.S. government Medicare health insurance plans.

CVS, Aetna win U.S. approval for $69 billion deal

Oct 10 2018

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Pharmacy chain CVS Health Corp won U.S. antitrust approval for its $69 billion acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc , the Justice Department said on Wednesday, paving the way for a combination with potential to cut U.S. healthcare costs for consumers. | Video

Aetna, seeking antitrust nod, sells Medicare drug business to WellCare

Sep 27 2018

Health insurer Aetna Inc said on Thursday it will sell its standalone Medicare prescription drug plan business to WellCare Health Plans Inc as it seeks U.S. antitrust approval for a planned acquisition by CVS Health Corp .

UnitedHealth warns hospitals about Envision ER contracts

Sep 24 2018

NEW YORK UnitedHealth Group Inc will treat emergency room and other hospital services performed by Envision Healthcare as out-of-network claims beginning next year after failing to reach a new contract agreement with the staffing company, UnitedHealth said on Monday.

Cigna deal gets antitrust nod, positive sign for CVS/Aetna

Sep 17 2018

Health insurer Cigna Corp's $52 billion acquisition of pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co has passed U.S. antitrust scrutiny, the companies said on Monday, allowing them to proceed with a combination they say will lead to lower costs by better coordinating pharmacy and medical benefits.

Express Scripts staking out million dollar gene therapies

Aug 15 2018

Express Scripts Holding Co built a multi-billion enterprise pressuring drug companies to lower their prices for U.S. patients. Now it is quietly building a side business: getting paid to help drug companies dispense a new generation of high-priced drugs.

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