On December 16th, 2015, an unprecedented group of major consumer groups and unions including Consumers Union, Florida CHAIN, Florida Rural Health Association, U.S. PIRG, Consumer Watchdog, Florida Policy Institute, Consumer Action, Florida PIRG, and 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East - Florida filed comments to Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty regarding the proposed mergers of Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana. The purpose of these comments was to raise concerns about the two mergers and their impact on healthcare within Florida. The parties noted a number of issues with the mergers including potential higher premiums for consumers. Here are a number of specific points raised:
To see the comments for the Anthem-Cigna Hearing on the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation website please click here, or here for the Aetna-Humana Hearing. Additionally the Comments can be found here as a PDF.
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation approved the Aetna-Humana merger on February 15th, 2016, and it approved the Anthem-Cigna merger on April 1st, 2016.