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Docs, hospitals contend insurer mergers will quash competition
Modern Healthcare

If the pending mergers between Anthem and Cigna Corp., and Aetna and Humana are approved by the federal government, major insurance markets in almost half the country would suffer from reduced competition and potentially higher prices, according to a new analysis released by the American Medical Association.

The latest shot from the national doctors lobbying group comes a week after the American Hospital Association blasted the insurance mergers with its own letter.The AMA said both transactions combined would exceed federal antitrust guidelines in 97 metropolitan markets in 17 states.