July 24, 2015

Anthem and Cigna Agree to Combine, Further Consolidating Health Insurance Industry

Edward A. Kaplan, National Health Practice Leader at Segal, made the following statement about the announced merger between health insurers Anthem and Cigna:

“Fiscal concerns remain the dominant driving force among most health plan sponsors. They will value solutions that lower health plan cost trends and offer quality health care services and networks. While we hope that these recently announced mergers’ promise of better leverage and lower costs come to fruition, many of Segal’s clients are weary of the ‘bigger is better’ mantra. Plan sponsors are concerned they will have less choice and less flexible and responsive business partners without healthy market competition and the cost advantages of these larger entities may not be realized by those ultimately paying for the care.”

To speak with Mr. Kaplan, please contact Todd Kohlhepp.

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Edward A. Kaplan

Edward A. Kaplan

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