PAI calls for DOJ to block insurer mergers

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The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) is urging the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to use its authority to block the pending Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna health insurer mergers.

In a January 4 letter to DOJ, PAI President Robert W. Seligson stressed that, “Physicians and the medical societies that represent them are extremely concerned about the anti-competitive nature of these mergers and the adverse impact on physicians and their patients…[the] gravity of the decision before the DOJ and its lasting impact on the nation’s health care system cannot be overstated.”

PAI’s mission is to advance fair and transparent payment policies and contractual practices by payers and others in order to sustain the profession of medicine for the benefit of patients. The not-for-profit advocacy organization was established in 2006 with funds from the Multi-District Litigation (MDL) class action settlements against major national for-profit health insurers.

Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Executive Director and CEO Donald J. Palmisano Jr. is a member of PAI’s Board of Directors. He also recently sent a letter calling for DOJ to oppose the mergers.

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Click for MAG CEO’s letter to DOJ

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