CVS Health has made a deal to buy Aetna, a major health insurer. The $69 billion transaction brings together two parts of the health care industry that are normally separate, merging drugstores and health insurance.
What does this mean for me?
If it works out, you could go to CVS to buy cold medicine and see a nurse for any questions about a chronic condition like diabetes during the same trip. CVS and Aetna say they want to work together to offer more comprehensive care while making health care less expensive.
Anything else I should know?
Some experts are saying the deal could face objections from federal antitrust officials, but CVS and Aetna don’t seem too worried. The merger is slated to be complete in the second half of 2018.
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