AHA raises concerns about pending health plan deals

The American Hospital Association is worried about the effects of pending mergers between Anthem and Cigna, as well as another pending deal involving Humana and Aetna. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, the lobbying group expressed concern that the mergers could "substantially reduce competition and substantially diminish the insurers' willingness to be innovative partners with providers and consumers in transforming care." Officials with Anthem and Cigna have said while they are confident the deal will pass regulatory muster, they also plan to visit with hospitals and other entities that would be affected by the transaction. Read the full article at FierceHealthPayer