DOJ Pounces On Molina Emails At Aetna-Humana Merger Trial

By Jimmy Hoover (December 15, 2016, 6:19 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice took aim Thursday at emails purportedly showing Molina Healthcare's wariness of assuming $400 million in health plans Aetna and Humana want to sell off in order to tie up a $37 billion merger between the companies.

During an antitrust trial in D.C. federal court, a DOJ attorney confronted Molina's CEO, Dr. Joseph "Mario" Molina, with emails from Molina board members expressing concern about the Long Beach, California-based managed care company's ability to sustain 290,000 Medicare Advantage plans purchased from Aetna and Humana. The divestiture is meant to ease concerns that the merger will lessen competition among...

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