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AMA raises concerns over insurance mergers

AMA raises concerns over insurance mergers

The proposed mergers among the nation's largest health insurers raise antitrust issues and warrant careful review, the American Medical Association said Tuesday.

The Chicago-based doctors group said the combinations of Anthem and Cigna, and Aetna with Humana could reduce competition in up to 154 cities in 23 states, including Illinois.

"A lack of competition in health insurer markets is not in the best interests of patients or physicians," AMA President Dr. Steven Stack said in a statement. "If a health insurer merger is likely to erode competition, employers and patients may be charged higher than competitive premiums, and physicians may be pressured to...