US mergers could harm  mental health services

Reuters reported that The American Psychiatric Association has warned U.S. antitrust regulators that two proposed health insurance deals could worsen access to mental health care services, adding to public opposition from several prominent doctors groups.

The American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians have already appealed to regulators to look at the possible impact on competition.

Anthem Inc would become the largest U.S. health  insurer through a proposed $47 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp, announced in late July. Earlier that month, Aetna Inc said it would buy Humana Inc and become the largest provider of Medicare plans for older people.

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