Insurers oppose Partners HealthCare's acquisition plan

Massachusetts health insurers filed complaints with Attorney General Martha Coakley's office Monday, claiming that Partners HealthCare's plans to acquire three hospitals would raise costs for consumers, reports the Boston Globe. The Massachusetts Association of Health plans, which represents 17 health plans in the state, stated that such acquisitions would impede their ability to control costly premiums. However, Partners argues the acquisitions will, in turn, lower costs and offer patients a higher-quality of care. Coakley struck a deal with Partners in May that would allow the mergers but sets price caps and limits on Partners' growth. That settlement awaits court approval. Article