CVS-Aetna merger may get the green light

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The health care world was aflutter yesterday over a report in the industry publication Reorg Research that says antitrust officials at the Department of Justice won’t challenge CVS Health’s $69 billion acquisition of Aetna, and may send an approval memo as soon as the end of this month.

Why it matters: If this merger does indeed proceed, CVS would soon absorb a gigantic health insurance business into its pharmacies, pharmacy benefit manager and clinics, inevitably affecting the health care and pocketbooks of millions of Americans.