SCAN-CareOregon Merger Could Face Antitrust Scrutiny

  • Dec 22, 2022

    SCAN Group, parent company of SCAN Health Plan, said last week that it plans to combine with CareOregon to become HealthRight Group. But the deal has yet to be approved by regulators — and because of Oregon’s strict antitrust laws and proactive regulators, the successful execution of the deal isn’t a given, experts tell AIS Health. 

    If the deal goes forward, the two nonprofit health plans will become one organization with revenues of $6.8 billion. SCAN operates Medicare Advantage plans in California, Arizona and Nevada, with MA operations launching in Texas starting in 2023. CareOregon serves about 500,000 members of Medicaid and CHIP plans, alongside some dual-eligible members. Together, they expect to serve nearly 800,000 health plan members. 

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  • Peter Johnson

    Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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