May 12, 2017

Clover Health adds Alphabet in new $130 million round

Clover Health

Clover Health, a Medicare Advantage insurance company, has raised $130 million from Greenoaks Capital, GV (Alphabet's venture-capital arm formerly known as Google Ventures), and several other exiting investors. The news was reported first by Bloomberg. Clover, which now has a valuation around $1.2 billion, confirmed the funding round to Axios Friday.

Why this matters: Clover gets a new big-name backer and more cash to expand its tech-based health plans. The company just ended the recent Medicare Advantage annual enrollment period with about 25,500 members, but Clover is still losing a lot of money.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

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