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Great News for Consumers: Anthem Drops Bid to Take Over Cigna

This morning, health insurance giant Anthem dropped its troubled bid to take over one of its top competitors, Cigna. A February district court decision to block the proposed merger on anti-trust grounds was recently upheld by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, but with Anthem’s decision today, this anti-competitive takeover bid is finally laid to rest. This development comes after months of work by MASSPIRG and a broad coalition of consumer and health care groups, urging close scrutiny of the merger from state and federal regulators and raising questions and concerns about the potential impact on consumers.

US House vote huge step in the wrong direction for American consumers and our health care system. 

OUR STATEMENT ON THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

American Health Care Act (AHCA) missing the main problem of cost and will exacerbate the problem. 

 

This week, in a big win for consumers, a district court took action to block the proposed merger between health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna. This decision follows a ruling last month that blocked the proposed merger of two more of the nation’s biggest for-profit health insurers, Aetna and Humana. These decisions come after months of work by U.S. PIRG and a broad coalition of consumer and health care groups, urging close scrutiny of the mergers from state and federal regulators and raising questions and concerns about the potential impact of the mergers.

MASSPIRG's Legislative Director Deirdre Cummings testified at the State House on 4/11/16 in favor of Senate Bill 1048, An Act to Promote Transparency and Cost Control of Pharmaceutical Drug Prices, which will reduce the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs and our high cost of healthcare.

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MASSPIRG Comments on Partners Settlement #1

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Partners Healthcare System, Inc., South Shore Health and Educational Corp., and Hallmark Health Corp., Superior Court Civil Action No. 14-2033 BLS (June 24, 2014)

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MASSPIRG comments on Partners settlement #3

Proposed Final Judgment in Massachusetts v. Partners HealthCare System, Inc. et al., Civ. No. 14-2033 (BLS) 

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Comments on the Partners Healthcare System, Inc #2

Comments on the Proposed Final Judgment by Consent in Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Partners Healthcare System, Inc., South Shore Health and Educational Corp., and Hallmark Health Corp., Superior Court Civil Action No. 14-2033 (BLS)

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection, Health Care

Some Good, Some Bad in Obama Executive Order on Protecting Antibiotics

New executive order on antibiotics takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are essential to protect public health. 

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