More managed care plan consolidation forecast

Benko, Laura B.
April 2004
Business Insurance;4/19/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 16, p79
The pending megamerger between Anthem Inc. and WellPoint Health Networks Inc., announced last September, appears to have set the stage for a new round of managed-care acquisitions this year. Since January alone, at least a half-dozen health plans have been snapped up by larger rivals, and rumors now abound about a potential merger involving Blues plan giant WellChoice Inc. and a key East Coast rival. Insurers have long looked to mergers as a way to gain greater bargaining clout with providers while reducing administrative costs and spreading their medical expenses across a larger pool of patients.


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