MMA Board Votes to Oppose Health Plan Mergers

MMA Board Votes to Oppose Health Plan Mergers

Created on: Monday, December 07, 2015
Author: Maine Medical Association

Previously, at the MMA's Annual Meeting in September, members had passed a resolution asking the regulatory authorities to apply traditional antitrust laws to the mergers.  AMA data collected each year shows Maine's health plan market to be highly consolidated, although the consolidation has been weakened by the arrival of Community Health Options which was formed as a co-op under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.


Within the past month, the American Medical Association communicated to the regulatory agencies its opposition to both mergers through a letter from EVP James Madara, M.D. which set forth a detailed analysis of the antitrust implications of the mergers in several areas of the country with highly consolidated market places for health insurance.

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