Anthem, University of California partner to improve healthcare quality; Kansas signs off on $7.3B Aetna-Coventry deal;

> Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told President Obama that policymakers should consider better measuring their tone and tempering particularly harmful and negative political dialogue, reported The Wall Street Journal. Bertolini was one of 10 chief executives who met Wednesday with the president to discuss potential solutions to the so-called fiscal cliff. Article

> Anthem Blue Cross is partnering with the University of California's medical centers and professional schools to help improve care innovation and develop health policies that improve access to affordable, quality healthcare, reported the Sacramento Business Journal. Article

> The Kansas Insurance Department has signed off on Aetna's planned acquisition of Coventry, the Wichita Business Journal reported. Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger officially approved the $7.3 billion deal Tuesday. Article

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