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CVS Agrees To Buy Health Insurance Giant Aetna

The pharmacy chain CVS Health has agreed to buy Aetna in a $69 billion deal that could transform the health care industry. If the deal, which was announced by the two companies on Sunday, is approved by regulators, it would bring a large health insurance company and pharmacy provider under one umbrella.

The agreement is expected to close in the second half of 2018. The terms of the merger agreement were approved by the board of directors of both companies on Sunday.

“This transaction fills an unmet need in the current health care system and presents a unique opportunity to redefine access to high-quality care in lower cost, local settings whether in the community, at home, or through digital tools,” the two companies said in a joint announcement.

In the statement, the companies said they will become a trusted community partner who will help consumers better manage the cost of the health care they need.

As part of the deal, CVS plans to use its pharmacy locations to provide consumers with “community health-hubs” where patients can get answers to questions about their health, prescription drugs and health coverage. Pharmacy locations will also includes space for wellness, clinical and pharmacy services, vision, hearing, nutrition, beauty, and medical equipment.

The two companies touted the merger as a better opportunity to utilize local care solutions by connecting Aetna with greater consumer access through CVS’ 9,700 pharmacies and 1,100 MinuteClinic walk-in clinics. By connecting patients with community health-hubs, the companies say it will help them reduce hospital readmission costs as patients can stop at these local facilities to assess their needs.

Several news reports on the deal note that a big driving factor in the acquisition is potential competition from Amazon as it seeks to enter the pharmacy market. Corporations from all industries are dealing with the threat of Amazon and most recently the e-commerce giant entered the grocery business with its acquisition of Whole Foods.

Aetna pulls out of New Jersey markets

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Effective July 1, AETNA is withdrawing from the individual market (due to large losses) and from the small business market.

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Aetna goes to paper ID Cards

 

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Released by Aetna on 3/22:

We want you to know about a change we’re making to our medical plans in 2017. This information will help notify your clients and their members about this change.

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Aetna negotiations with Barnabas Health in NJ

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Aetna continues negotiations with Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Barnabas Health in New Jersey.  However, to meet regulatory requirements and customer commitments, letters will be sent to Providers and Members notifying them of the termination date as follows:

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AETNA COVENTRY leaves SC individual Market

As expected, AETNA/Coventry is leaving the South Carolina individual medical market as of January 1.  This has a couple of important ramifications.   For more on their nationwide pullout of Obamacare, click here.

IMPACTS-  

  1.  IF you have AETNA/Coventry individual Coverage now-   you will have to make a new choice for January 1, and we will help with that.
  2. THIS leaves only two carriers in the state for next year – Blue Cross and Blue Choice, which ALSO means….
  3. IF you need MUSC as a hospital, now would be the time to talk to your providers, and get their recommendation on who to go to going forward.  MUSC has refused to do a contract with the Blues on the individual market and you WILL NOT BE ABLE to use them next year, unless something changes.

Just as a reminder, the Affordable Care Act was going to let you “…keep your doctors and hospitals if you want to.”  Love my job.

Reeve Conover is a Registered Representative. Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Broker/dealer member FINRA/SPIC. Cambridge and Conover Consulting are not affiliated. Licensed in SC, NC, NY, CT, NJ, and CA.
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