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Walmart and Humana Reportedly Talking About a Possible Tie-Up

Executive Summary

  • In recent days, a number of major news outlets have published stories about Walmart and Humana possibly being in talks about a partnership, outright acquisition, investment or some other kind of tie-up.
  • If Walmart were to acquire Humana, it would provide Walmart with several benefits, including increased customer traffic and a closer relationship with Medicare users—particularly seniors—as well as access to a wealth of data that the combined companies would generate.
  • The companies have made no public announcement about a deal, and any partnership or tie-up could take a number of forms. The talks could also fall through prior to the companies reaching any agreement.
  • Amazon’s anticipated entry into the pharmacy space has likely hastened several other retailer-healthcare company mergers, including the recent CVS Health-Aetna and Cigna-Express Scripts deals.

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