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THE U.S DEPARTMENT of of Justice is reportedly on track to soon approve CVS Health’s takeover of insurer Aetna, as well as the acquisition of pharmacy-benefit manager Express Scripts Holding by health insurer Cigna. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

Major health-industry deals are said to move closer to approval

NEW YORK - Two major health care deals that stand to reshape the insurance and pharmacy industries are moving toward winning antitrust approval, according...
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...
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...
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