Cigna mulling sale of group benefits insurance business: report

Cigna may sell off its group benefits business as it continues to focus on its healthcare options, according to a new report from Reuters. 

Sources tell the news outlet that Cigna is probing potential deals to shed its disability, life and accidental death and dismemberment plans, valued at $6 billion. The company is working with an investment bank to auction off this portion of its business, according to the article. 

When reached by FierceHealthcare, Cigna said it doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation.” 

“Given the dynamic marketplace, we continually review opportunities to ensure we continue to deliver value to our customers and clients,” Cigna said in a statement. 

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Cigna’s group benefits business could draw interest from other insurers in that market that are looking to build scale, the sources told Reuters. 

Cigna solidified its focus on the health benefits market by acquiring Express Scripts, the country’s largest pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company, last year. The $67 billion deal closed in December, and Cigna has already seen a significant financial boost over the past two quarters thanks to the deal. 

Vertical deals in this vein have been increasingly of interest in healthcare. 

Cigna’s biggest rivals in this consolidated market include healthcare giant UnitedHealth Group and CVS Health now that it has acquired Aetna. Anthem has also launched its own PBM in an effort to consolidate the supply chain.