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  • 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...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, on Thursday forecast higher profit and said medical costs were under control, pushing off any discussion about its role in a frenzy of insurer consolidation. Aetna Inc and Humana Inc have recently struck a deal, and Anthem Inc is in pursuit of Cigna Corp. UnitedHealth has also been reported to have...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, said Thursday its medical costs were as expected during the second quarter, but analysts were disappointed, saying the ratio of medical costs to premiums was higher than expected. It raised its profit forecast for the full year to $6.25- $6.35 per share from $6.15- $6.30 on revenue of about $154...

  • UnitedHealth CEO says insurer has 'plenty of scale' Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 9:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hemsley said on Thursday during a conference call that the company's mergers and acquisition strategy has not changed and that it expects to continue to build and diversify its business. Hemsley was responding to a question about how UnitedHealth is approaching M&A at a time when...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as enrollments increased and its Optum health services business performed better. UnitedHealth is the first of the national health insurers to report earnings, at a time when the industry is in the midst of consolidation, with Aetna Inc and...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a quarterly profit that jumped 12.6 percent as revenue increased in its Optum business and enrollments increased. The insurer's net income rose to $1.59 billion, or $1.64 per share, for the quarter ended June 30 from $1.41 billion, or $1.42 per share, a year earlier. 3/ 8. Its report comes at a time...

  • What to watch from UnitedHealth earnings Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    UnitedHealth may not be in the hunt to acquire a rival, but industry consolidation will be a big topic when it releases earnings.

  • 'Widespread' errors in Medicare Advantage payments Friday, 10 Jul 2015 | 3:05 PM ET
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    Five audits detailed mistakes in almost two-thirds of payments the government made.

  • UPDATE 1-Anthem, Cigna progressing towards deal - CNBC Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 11:04 AM ET

    July 9- Health insurers Anthem Inc and Cigna Corp were moving ahead to sign a merger deal as Cigna backed down on its differences over governance issues, CNBC tweeted, citing sources. The tweets also quoted sources as saying that UnitedHealth Group Inc was looking to bid for Cigna. Cigna shares were up 3 percent at $155.08 in early trading on the Nasdaq.

  • Humana, Aetna set termination fees for deal Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | 6:36 PM ET

    July 7- Health insurer Humana Inc and buyer Aetna Inc set fees to be paid in the event of a failure of the largest deal in the health insurance industry. Aetna, which said last week it would buy Humana for about $37 billion in cash and stock, has to pay a termination fee of $1.69 billion, Humana said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday. Humana would pay the larger rival $1.31...

  • Aetna falls after Humana deal. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Greece would bring a proposal for a cash-for-reforms deal to an emergency summit of euro zone leaders on Tuesday, a Greek official said. Though Greece is causing a lot of uncertainty, a deal should get done to keep them in the Euro Zone, according to...

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed mildly lower, recovering from sharp opening losses on selloff overseas, as traders shook off concerns of contagion from Greece.

  • Dow dips on Greece concerns; energy sector fizzles Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 3:52 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks traded lower, recovering sharp opening losses but failing to hold slight gains amid continued uncertainty over the Greece debt crisis.

  • ATHENS/ FRANKFURT- Greece's combative finance minister resigns, removing one major obstacle to any deal to keep Athens in the euro zone after Greeks voted resoundingly to back the government in rejecting the austerity terms of a bailout. -EUROZONE- GREECE/ GERMANY, moved, by Paul Carrel, 640 words. -MARKETS- GREECE/ VOTE REACTION, moved, by Jamie McGeever, 800 words.

  • NEW YORK, July 6- Aetna Inc's chief executive said Monday he was confident an antitrust review of the health insurer's proposed purchase of smaller rival Humana Inc would allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns. Mark Bertolini said Aetna had already prepared for possible divestitures to address overlaps with...

  • *IMF says will help Greece if asked, ECB holds call. *Aetna falls after Humana deal, other insurers lower. U.S. stocks opened more than half a percent lower, but pared some of those losses, even turning positive briefly, after the International Monetary Fund said it is ready to assist Greece if asked.

  • *IMF says will help Greece if asked to. *Aetna falls after Humana deal, other insurers lower. July 6- U.S. stocks erased most of their earlier losses, even turning positive briefly, on Monday after the International Monetary Fund said it ready to assist Greece if asked.

  • REUTERS BUSINESS NEW SCHEDULE AT 1500 GMT/11 AM ET Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK- Aetna Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini says he is confident that an antitrust review of its proposed purchase of Humana Inc will allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns of significant regulatory hurdles. ATHENS/ FRANKFURT- Greece's outspoken finance minister resigns, removing a major obstacle...