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Government warns health insurance industry on mergers
Modern Healthcare

The Obama administration is warning the health insurance industry that it will block mergers that threaten to stifle competition. Justice Department antitrust chief Christine Varney said Monday that vigorous enforcement of anti-monopoly laws is essential to the success of the new health care law, particularly when it comes to reining in premiums. Big insurers have been getting bigger, and in many states one or two large carriers dominate the market.

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