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  • July 29- Health insurer Anthem Inc, which plans to buy rival Cigna Corp for $54 billion, on Wednesday said medical costs, particularly in its Medicaid and Medicare businesses, were at the low end of expectations and helped boost second-quarter profit. On July 3, No. 3 health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy rival Humana Inc and Anthem on Friday said it would acquire...

  • July 29- Health insurer Humana Inc, which earlier this month agreed to be bought by Aetna Inc for $37 billion, on Wednesday reported a rise in a key medical cost metric that missed analyst expectations. Humana's consolidated benefit ratio, or the ratio of its spending on medical claims versus premium revenue it takes in, was 85.2 percent compared with 83.1 percent...

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Humana's second-quarter earnings jumped about 25 percent in a better-than-expected performance, as a business sale gain and premium growth helped the Medicare Advantage coverage provider. Premiums, Humana's chief form of revenue, climbed 14 percent to $13.21 billion in the quarter. The insurer said its enrollment in individual and group...

  • July 29- Health insurer Anthem Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by strong enrollments in its government business, particularly Medicaid. Managed care companies that sell government-sponsored plans for the under-insured or uninsured have benefited from the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, boosting revenue in that...

  • The Blue Cross-Blue Shield carrier now expects 2015 adjusted earnings to top $10 per share, up from a previous forecast for earnings of greater than $9.90 per share. Second-quarter net income jumped to $859.1 million from $731.1 million, helped by enrollment gains in state and federally funded Medicaid coverage. Anthem Inc. its sells coverage in California,...

  • July 28- Health insurer Centene Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and said it would consider buying the Medicare Advantage plans its rivals are likely to divest during the current phase of consolidation in the managed care industry. Anthem Inc said last week that it would buy Cigna Corp for about $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S....

  • JERUSALEM— Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said Monday it is purchasing Dublin- based Allergan PLC's generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5 billion, in what Israeli analysts called the largest-ever acquisition by an Israeli company. Statements from both companies say the deal will see Allergan receive $33.75 billion in cash and shares...

  • That's how many big companies could remain after the proposed combinations of Anthem with Cigna and Aetna with Humana, and experts say it would at a minimum bring close scrutiny of the deals. At only three companies, "The agencies' ears tend to perk up," said Allen Grunes, who led merger investigations at the Justice Department as an antitrust attorney.

  • July 24- Anthem Inc's decision to buy Cigna Corp, forming the largest U.S. health insurer by membership, will likely speed consolidation across the healthcare industry, from hospitals to drugmakers. Anthem announced its proposed $54 billion purchase of Cigna on Friday, just weeks after Aetna Inc said it would buy rival Humana Inc for $37 billion.

  • July 24- Anthem Inc said on Friday it would buy Cigna Corp for about $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership and accelerating the industry's consolidation from five national players to three. The proposed acquisition, the health insurance industry's largest, comes three weeks after Aetna Inc agreed to buy Humana Inc for $37...

  • Anthem Inc.' s purchase of Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.' s acquisition of Humana Inc., both announced this month, are worth more than $80 billion combined. Many of the purchases have been designed to bulk up their Medicaid and Medicare Advantage businesses because both of those programs keep growing. If all of the recent deals go through, Anthem, Aetna and...

  • Glance: The new 'Big Three' of health coverage Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    Anthem Inc.' s $48 billion purchase of rival Cigna Corp. is set to create the nation's largest health insurance company. The combination, in tandem with Aetna Inc.' s pending purchase of rival insurer Humana Inc., would leave three health insurers that would dominate the rapidly changing industry landscape in the U.S. HEADQUARTERS: Anthem in Indianapolis; Cigna...

  • *To pay $103.40 in cash and 0.5152 for every Cigna share. July 24- Anthem Inc said on Friday it would buy Cigna Corp in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership. Anthem and Cigna are two of just four major insurers that administer self-insured plans for major companies.

  • July 24- Anthem Inc said on Friday it would buy Cigna Corp in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership. Anthem said it will pay $103.40 in cash and 0.5152 of its shares for every Cigna share held. The deal- the biggest ever in the health insurance industry- comes three weeks after Aetna Inc agreed to buy Humana Inc for $37...

  • NEW YORK— Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S patients. In just three weeks, starting with Aetna's $35 billion bid for Humana Inc. on July 3, the landscape of U.S. health care has been altered in a buyout frenzy that could transform five massive U.S....

  • Health insurer Anthem to buy Cigna in $54.2 bln deal Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 6:08 AM ET

    July 24- Anthem Inc said on Friday it would buy Cigna Corp in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer. Cigna shareholders will get $103.40 per share in cash and 0.5152 Anthem shares. The deal comes three weeks after Aetna Inc struck a deal to buy Humana Inc for $37 billion and is part of an industry-wide consolidation of the health...

  • July 23- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported a quarterly profit that handily beat analysts' estimate as a jump in corporate dealmaking boosted its M&A advisory fees. M&A and other advisory fees, which account for 45 percent of Lazard's operating revenue, rose 17 percent to $273.2 million in the second quarter ended June. Some of the big deals...

  • Most issues that were preventing Anthem and Cigna from reaching a deal, such as price and the role of Cigna Chief Executive David Cordani, have been resolved, the people said. Anthem has slightly improved on its previous cash and stock offer of $184 per share and will pay somewhere near $187 per share for Cigna, one of the people said. The Wall Street Journal earlier...

  • Most issues that were preventing a deal, such as price and the role of Cigna Chief Executive David Cordani, have been resolved, the person said, without offering details. The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that Anthem was nearing an agreement to pay about $187 per share for Cigna. Cigna shares jumped 6.5 percent in after-hours trading to $161 while Anthem's...

  • Cigna shares jumped 6.5 percent in after-hours trading to $161 while Anthem's shares were marginally lower after closing at $155.10 on Wednesday. Anthem is expected to pay about $187 per share for Cigna in a deal that could be announced as soon as Thursday, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. Cigna also said it was concerned other members of...