via Wall Street Journal
Big U.S. insurers are courting one another for possible multibillion-dollar deals. How they pair off could have significant implications for the managed-care industry, its individual and corporate customers, and U.S. medical providers.
Each potential target has strengths in different parts of the managed-care puzzle. For Humana Inc., its fast-growing business covering Medicare beneficiaries could be attractive to several suitors. Aetna Inc. has forged relationships with health systems that use its information-technology services, which could benefit rivals. And, Cigna Corp. brings international customers and close ties with employers big and small.
These companies, along with UnitedHealth Group Inc. and AnthemInc., have been talking to each other about possible deals, with UnitedHealth approaching Aetna, Anthem talking with Cigna, and Humana exploring a sale, The Wall Street Journal has reported..
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