Statement on the Court's Decision in the Anthem-Cigna Mega-Merger
AHA President and CEO
As a nation, we have made progress helping individuals and families in every community receive needed health care. Today’s ruling by the D.C. District Court confirms that the Department of Justice (DOJ) made the right decision in challenging the Anthem-Cigna mega-merger. As a result, millions of Americans have been protected from higher insurance costs, fewer choices of providers and less innovation in health care delivery. Both the court and DOJ agreed that access to and the quality of health care would be jeopardized by Anthem’s use of market power against providers.
We are pleased that the ruling recognized the harm to consumers and providers from the mega-merger, and prevented the deal from moving forward. We will continue to work with others in the health care field to further protect affordability for health care for all Americans.
About the AHA
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