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Mega-Mergers Among Health Insurers Bode Ill for Hospitals
HealthLeaders Media

With hospitals already jockeying for the best negotiating position with rival insurers, the news that some of the biggest players in healthcare insurance are looking to merge with competitors is turning up the summer heat for healthcare leaders.

If these multi-billion dollar mergers go through, hospitals may lose much of their negotiating power.

After months of speculation, UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Anthem, Inc., the two largest insurers in the country by revenue, have both made moves to acquire smaller health insurance companies. (Anthem was known as Wellpoint until last year.) The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that in recent days, UnitedHealth made an overture to take over Aetna Inc., a deal estimated to be valued at $42 billion.