U.S. Department of Justice will allow CVS Health acquisition of Aetna to proceed

October 10, 2018

Aetna, CVS, Industry Advocacy

On October 10 we learned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will allow CVS Health’s acquisition of Aetna to proceed.

Under the DOJ consent decree, closing of the CVS Health-Aetna transaction may proceed prior to the effective date of Aetna’s previously announced divestiture of its entire standalone Medicare Part D business to a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

You do not need to do anything new or different as a result of this announcement. Aetna and CVS Health will continue to operate as separate companies until the CVS Health transaction is complete.

While the DOJ decision is an important step toward finalizing the CVS Health transaction, closing remains subject to certain state regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other closing conditions. We continue to expect the CVS Health transaction to close this year.

We value our relationship, and will keep you informed every step of the way in accordance with the terms of our current agreements.