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Health insurer M&A activity could break 9-year record by end of 2012: analysis
Modern Healthcare

Just two weeks into the final quarter of the year, mergers and acquisitions activity among U.S. health insurers in 2012 could best high-water marks set nearly a decade ago, according to Charlottesville, Va.-based SNL Financial. M&A deals in the managed care sector so far this year already have reached an aggregate value of $13.4 billion, the highest mark recorded since 2007, according to an SNL report released on Friday. By year’s end, the report predicts, M&A deals could top valuations recorded in 2003, a year that included the $16 billion merger between Anthem Health Networks and WellPoint.