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Regulators Promise Vigorous Review Of Aetna-Humana Deal

Regulators Promise Vigorous Review Of Aetna-Humana Deal

Now comes the waiting. Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. have agreed to join forces. Before a merger can go through, however, regulators in Washington and in the states will have to evaluate the market impact and approve the marriage. First, the companies submit a packet to both the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, which will decide if the combination is an antitrust violation or would hurt competition within the industry. Those agencies have 60 days to review the merger before they even have to register a potential objection, and therefore, ask for more time. Bill Baer, assistant attorney general for the antitrust division, spoke about the issue in February at a...

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