A recent study by Harvard Medical School researchers shows large insurers have more power when it comes to negotiations, compared to smaller insurance groups. As far as health insurance megamergers like Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna go, their ability to negotiate would be heightened for sure, but the affect it will have on healthcare cost is still unclear. While many other factors are at play and remain unclear (like whether savings would be passed down to plan beneficiaries) some believe the increased negotiation power would bring costs of care down, while others believe that healthcare affordability would be in danger. Read more here. (Source: Kathleen Gilbert, HealthcareDIVE, 1/10/17)
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