The controversial co-founder and former CEO of life insurance giant Conseco Inc. (now CNO Financial Group Inc.) spearheaded the purchase of a small life insurance company operated out of Texas and plans to gradually build up its operations here.
Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. on Wednesday won a court ruling blocking Cigna Corp. from terminating a proposed merger between the health insurers until a judge could weigh arguments over the faltering deal at an April 10 hearing.
The collapse of one potential mega-merger and the uncertain future of the other could hurt shoppers on the Affordable Care Act exchanges next year by leaving them with even fewer options and potentially higher prices.
The Humana-Aetna deal was one of two mergers that would have reshaped the U.S. health insurance landscape. Both were rejected by federal judges as anticompetitive. Anthem hasn't given up on its deal—a $48 billion pact to acquire Cigna—and is pressing ahead with an appeal.
While Anthem said it was "significantly disappointed" by the judge's order and would seek an expedited appeal, Cigna said only that it "intends to carefully review the opinion and evaluate its options in accordance with the merger agreement."
The deal, along with Aetna Inc.’s proposed tie-up with Humana Inc., which was blocked last month, was set to reduce the ranks of big U.S. health insurers to three from five and make Anthem the largest by membership.