Health benefits brokers ripe for consolidation: Strategic Health, armed with new owner's technology and deep pockets, is on the prowl to roll up peers

When Dane Hudson sold his health benefits consultancy on Aug. 1, he hoped it was only his first of many mergers. Hudson, the founder of Strategic Health Plans Corp. in Carmel, sold his company to Illinois-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. for an undisclosed amount. Gallagher, a quiet company that is one of the nation's largest health benefits firms, wants Hudson to buy up another three or four health benefits brokers in the next five years. Hudson also said he'll...

 

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