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Aetna, Humana insurance merger could hurt competition in Illinois, AMA says

Aetna, Humana insurance merger could hurt competition in Illinois, AMA says

A merger between insurance giants Aetna and Humana could threaten the quality and affordability of health care in Illinois and 14 other states, according to an American Medical Association analysis released Wednesday.

Aetna and Humana say they want to combine to offer better access to higher quality affordable care. But the Chicago-based AMA has been a vocal opponent of the deal, arguing it will lead to less competition among insurers and, in turn, fewer choices for consumers, at higher costs.

Illinois has joined the U.S. Department of Justice in a lawsuit seeking to halt Aetna's proposed $37 billion acquisition of Humana. The Justice Department also is suing to block a...

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