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Beshear aide voices concern as Kentucky’s new Medicaid contracts drop Passport, Anthem

On its way out, the administration of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has given five health-insurance companies new, five-year deals to manage the care of Kentuckians on Medicaid — and dropped Anthem Inc. and the nonprofit Passport Health Plan, which now have contracts with the state. The three returning firms are subsidiaries of Aetna, Humana and WellCare. The two newcomers are UnitedHealthcare Community...

Bevin, Aetna announce partnership to provide first responders in Eastern Kentucky with Narcan

First responders in eastern Kentucky will receive a fresh supply of Narcan to help prevent deaths from drug overdoses. Gov. Matt Bevin joined with executives from Aetna and local officials in Hazard to announce a partnership that will provide 360 doses of the medication, a crucial drug for saving lives. Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky have skyrocketed in recent years, and sometimes simply by coming...

Judge blocks Humana’s merger with Aetna; analysts say deal is unlikely to be revived

A federal judge blocked Aetna Inc.’s bid to buy Louisville-based Humana Inc. on grounds that it would reduce competition for consumers in Medicare Advantage markets, because it would ultimately affect the price of coverage. Medicare Advantage plans are privately run versions of Medicare for people who are over age 65 or disabled. “In this case, the government alleged that the merger of...

Justice Department files lawsuits to block sale of Humana, Cigna, citing reduced competition

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed lawsuits to block the sale of Louisville-based Humana Inc. to Aetna Inc. and of Cigna Inc. to Anthem Inc., on grounds that consolidation of the health-insurance market will reduce competition and hurt consumers. Observers expect a protracted court battle, involving negotiations with the department’s anti-trust division, reports Grace Schnieder of The...

Politicians, economists and journalists debate impact of proposed sale of Humana to Aetna

By Al Cross Special to KyForward   The purchase of Louisville-based Humana Inc. by fellow health-insurance giant Aetna Inc. for $37 billion still needs approval from federal antitrust officials, partly because of the possibility that the merger will reduce competition and increase premiums.   Some other public officials, the elected kind, wasted no time weighing in on the sale. And, because...