Healthcare reporter for Bloomberg News

Health Net First to the Altar in Insurer Merger Mania: Real M&A — For Health Net Inc., the time and price are perfect for a sale. Centene Corp. on Thursday announced it's buying Health Net to become the biggest private provider of Medicaid, the government health program for the poor. The cash-and-stock offer implies a price tag for Health Net of $78.57 a share, or about $6.8 billion including debt.

Humana, Anthem Get $1.3 Billion in Obamacare Risk Payments — The U.S. government will pay Anthem Inc. $742 million and Humana Inc. $549 million to reimburse big insurance claims the companies covered under the Affordable Care Act. The reinsurance payments -- which also went to firms like Aetna Inc. and Assurant Inc.

Humana Gets at Least $549 Million in Obamacare Risk Payments — The U.S. government will pay Humana Inc. at least $549 million to reimburse big insurance claims the company covered under the Affordable Care Act, according to federal data released today. The reinsurance payments are designed to stabilize Obamacare's nascent insurance markets by helping cover costly claims from some patients.

Doctors Got $6.5 Billion From Drug, Device Makers in U.S. — U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals got $6.49 billion from drug and medical-device makers in 2014, according to new government data on the financial links between the companies and the people who prescribe their products. The data released Tuesday range from the royalties paid to hospitals to help develop products to fees provided to medical experts to speak at a dinner with colleagues.

With Obamacare Intact, Path to Health-Care Deals Gets Clearer — With Thursday's Supreme Court ruling on President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul out of the way, health insurers and hospitals can get back to making deals. The court's 6-3 ruling in the King v. Burwell case keeps U.S. subsidies flowing to more than 6 million people to help them afford health insurance.

Glenview, KKR Lead Money Manager Gains on Obamacare Ruling — Investment titans from Larry Robbins to Henry Kravis owe thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court. Firms including Robbins's Glenview Capital Management, Kravis's KKR & Co., Bain Capital and Steve Mandel's Lone Pine Capital saw paper gains after the court upheld a key piece of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, sending the Standard & Poor's 500 Health Care Sector Index higher.

Aetna Closing In on Deal to Acquire Humana — Aetna Inc., the second-largest U.S. health insurer by market value, is closing in on an acquisition of Humana Inc. and could reach a deal as early as this weekend, several people with knowledge of the matter said. Discussions between the two companies have intensified during recent days, after it emerged over the weekend that rivals Anthem Inc.

Hospitals Rally as Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies — Hospitals led a rally among health-care companies as the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key piece of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, lifting the main threat hanging over the industry's prospects. HCA Holdings Inc., Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Community Health Systems Inc. all gained at least 8 percent after the ruling.

Hospital Stocks Rally as Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidy — Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Prudential Says Annuity Fees Would Make Bankers Dance — March 6 (Bloomberg) -- Prudential Financial Inc., the top seller of variable annuities, said Wall Street should appreciate the fees the life insurer makes on the retirement products, even as some competitors cut sales to reduce risk.
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