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August 2015 Health Care Reform Insights 1

Anthem Said to Be Close to Deal to Buy Cigna for $48 Billion

The American health insurance market might soon become even smaller.

Anthem, one of the country’s biggest health insurers, is closing in on a deal to buy Cigna after slightly sweetening its previous takeover offer, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

The offer being discussed is worth about $187 a share, which would value Cigna at about $48 billion, one of the people said. Anthem previously offered $184 a share.

The two sides could announce an agreement this week, these people added, although discussions were proceeding and could fall through.

Should the two insurers reach a deal, it would be the latest sign of the consolidation sweeping the American health insurance industry, coming weeks after Aetna agreed to buy Humana, the smallest of the big five insurers, for $37 billion.

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