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Aetna, Cigna Hire Lobbyists To Help Win Mergers

Aetna, Cigna Hire Lobbyists To Help Win Mergers

WASHINGTON — With high stakes in play, Aetna has hired four high-powered Washington lobbying firms to help the health insurer win federal approval of a merger with Humana. Cigna followed by hiring three D.C. lobbying firms to press its case to merge with Anthem. To help counter criticisms of its proposed merger, Aetna on Aug. 14 hired Bloom Strategic Counsel, CGCN Group, The Gibson Group and West Front Strategies. They will join two other lobbying firms Aetna already had working on its behalf, Capitol Hill Consulting Group and Sidley Austin. Meanwhile, Cigna last week hired Polaris Government Relations, Heather Podesta + Partners and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, giving...

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