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Blue Cross-Michigan abandons merger plans in face of US Department of Justice antitrust challenge
  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • USA
  • March 10 2010

During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama singled out health insurance mergers as an area his administration would target for increased antitrust enforcement

Department of Justice reaches settlement in first traditional Section 2 case since 1999
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • USA
  • March 2 2011

On February 25, 2011, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it settled an antitrust enforcement action against United Regional Health Care System of Wichita Falls, Texas (United Regional) in which the agency alleged that United Regional had monopolized one or more markets for hospital services by entering into agreements with health insurers not to do business with United Regional's competitors

FTC bars Texas physician group from joint price negotiations
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2011

On May 10, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an independent practice association representing 900 physicians in the Amarillo, Texas, area agreed to enter in to an FTC Consent Order barring it from jointly negotiating the rates it charges insurance companies

Aetna files antitrust suit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan concerning use of most favored nation clauses
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • USA
  • December 12 2011

On December 6, 2011, Aetna filed an antitrust lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the dominant insurer in Michigan

State AGs in the news
  • Dickstein Shapiro LLP
  • USA
  • August 28 2014

Following multiple state and federal investigations, the U.S. Department of Justice and the AGs ofCalifornia, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland

Federal government to launch multistate health insurance plans
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • USA
  • November 1 2012

Under multistate plans recently announced by the Obama administration, health insurance operated under contract with the federal government will be available to consumers in every state through state insurance exchanges mandated under the Affordable Care Act

DOJ approves UnitedHealth-Sierra merger, subject to divestitures
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • USA
  • March 20 2008

The DOJ has agreed to allow the largest health insurer in the United States, UnitedHealth Group, to proceed with its planned US$2.6 billion acquisition of Sierra Health Services Inc., subject to the condition that UnitedHealth divest its Medicare Advantage policyholders and related assets in the Las Vegas area

House quietly repeals insurance anti-trust exemption
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • USA
  • February 25 2010

In what should be welcome news for physicians, yesterday the House of Representatives quietly passed a bill which would repeal a long-standing exemption for insurance companies from federal anti-trust laws

Legislation introduced to eliminate federal antitrust exemption for health insurance and medical malpractice insurance companies
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 17 2009

Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy introduced legislation to eliminate the federal antitrust exemption for health insurance and medical malpractice insurance companies

House once again passes McCarran repeal legislation
  • Williams Mullen
  • USA
  • March 1 2010

For the second time in three months, the House of Representatives has passed legislation that would repeal the health insurance industry's antitrust exemption, provided for in the McCarran Ferguson Act (15 USC 1012 et seq