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Los Angeles Times

Antitrust Investigation Will Precede Deal's Conclusion

Antitrust Investigation Will Precede Deal's Conclusion

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 anti-trust 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...