The Wall Street Journal: Aetna warned DoJ it would withdraw from exchanges if Humana deal was blocked

Aetna Inc. warned Justice Department antitrust officials in early July that if they sued to block its deal to acquire Humana Inc., it would immediately reduce its presence in the Affordable Care Act exchanges and cancel a planned expansion.

Aetna’s AET, -0.20% actions surrounding its exchange business have drawn a political spotlight since it announced Monday that it will withdraw from 11 of the 15 state exchanges where it sells marketplace plans — a decision unveiled a few weeks after the Justice Department filed a suit against the Humana HUM, +0.00% merger.

On Monday, Aetna cited mushrooming financial losses and structural problems with the exchange markets as causes for its retreat, not the Justice suit.

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