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SKEPTICS OF THE proposed CVS-Aetna merger are critical of the assertion that the average consumer will benefit from any of the combined company's anticipated cost savings. /BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

Skeptical voices gather against CVS-Aetna merger

WOONSOCKET — CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc. have billed their pending $67.5 billion merger as a force for positive change in the health...
WALMART IS SAID to be in talks to acquire Humana. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/PAUL TAGGART

Walmart is said in talks with Humana for deeper partnership

NEW YORK - Walmart Inc. is in talks with health insurer Humana Inc. for a closer partnership to provide health care to consumers at...
CVS HEALTH CORP. PRESIDENT AND CEO Larry J. Merlo has vaulted the first hurdle in makiing the proposed CVS Health-Aetna merge a reality, as shareholders of both companies voted to approve the combination Tuesday. / COURTESY CVS HEALTH

CVS, Aetna shareholders approve merger

WOONSOCKET – By overwhelming margins, the shareholders of CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc. approved the proposed merger of the retail pharmacy and benefits...
CVS HEALTH AND AETNA shareholders are voting Tuesday to approve the merger of the two companies. If the votes approve the deal, it still reuires regulatory approval to be completed. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS, Aetna shareholders voting Tuesday on merger

WOONSOCKET – Shareholders of CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc. are voting Tuesday to approve the proposed merger between the retail pharmacy and benefits...
THREE PHARMACY-BENEFIT MANAGERS - CVS Health, Express Scripts and UnitedHealthcare - control more than 70 percent of the market, including more than half of the $138 billion specialty drug prescription market.

Partners turned into prey as insurers, drug plans get squeezed

NEW YORK – Over 20 years, Brian Komoto built a thriving pharmacy in California’s Central Valley. Each day, his nurses would travel the vast...
WALMART IS EXPERIMENTING with a number of ways to bring down its health care costs, including setting up accountable care organizations at many of its employment centers, where the retailer buys care directly from providers. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Amazon isn’t only retail giant trying to remake health care

NEW YORK – Amazon.com Inc. says it wants to remake health care for its workers. But its biggest rival is beating it to the...
CIGNA HAS MADE an offer to buy pharmacy-benefits manager Express Scripts, the last remaining large and independent PBM in the nation, in a deal whose total value is $69.6 billion. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/RON ANTONELLI

Cigna to buy Express Scripts as health shakeout speeds up

NEW YORK – Cigna Corp. agreed to buy Express Scripts Holding Co. in an about $54 billion deal that builds on the rapid transformation...
INVESTORS THAT BOUGHT the bonds that CVS Health sold Tuesday to help finance its purchase of Aetna already have seen a gain in the value of their holdings, as the debt market reacts favorably to the deal.

CVS bond buyers get $450M windfall after mega sale

NEW YORK – Investors who managed to grab a piece of CVS Health Corp.’s mammoth $40 billion bond sale are already a little richer.The...
CVS HEALTH AND AETNA shareholders are voting Tuesday to approve the merger of the two companies. If the votes approve the deal, it still reuires regulatory approval to be completed. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

Filing: CVS-Aetna combo would have generated $237B in revenue in 2017

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health Corp., as part of its continuing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings related to its proposed merger with Aetna Inc.,...
CALIFORNIA HEALTH INSURANCE Commissioner Dave Jones has announced an investigation into Aetna’s medical claim review practices following a CNN report of a deposition by Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, former medical director for Aetna for Southern California, in which Iinuma says he never reviewed medical records while deciding to approve or deny medical claims. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

California health insurance commissioner to investigate Aetna’s medical claim review practices

WOONSOCKET – As CVS Health and Aetna continue planning for a proposed $69 billion merger, California Health Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has announced an...
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