Filed by CVS Health Corporation
Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
And deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: Aetna Inc.
Commission File No.: 001-16095
Date: February 15, 2018
February 15, 2018
The following article written by a third party was made available to employees of CVS Health Corporation:
Walgreens Wont Buy An Insurer If AmerisourceBergen Stake Grows
By Bruce Japsen
Walgreens chief executive Stefano Pessina has been more interested in partnerships with insurers
News that Walgreens Boots Alliance is in talks to buy the rest of drug distributor AmerisourceBergen Corp. means the drugstore giant is unlikely to buy a health insurer.
Some industry observers have speculated for weeks that Walgreens would follow the lead of rival pharmacy chain CVS Health into the health insurance business. CVS is spending $69 billion to buy Aetna, the nations third-largest health insurer.
But Walgreens is now looking to spend potentially billions of dollars to buy the remaining 74% of AmerisourceBergen that the retail pharmacy giant doesnt yet own. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday on the deal though Walgreens is so far mum.
A larger stake by Walgreens in AmerisourceBergen more likely than not takes Walgreens off the table for a near term acquisition of Humana or WellCare Health Plans, Leerink Partners analyst Ana Gupte wrote after news of Walgreens-Amerisource talks broke.
When it comes to relationships with insurance companies, Walgreens chief executive Stefano Pessina has been more interested in partnerships with insurers rather than an acquisition or financial stake.
Walgreens already has a successful and expanding partnership with UnitedHealth Group and its OptumRx pharmacy benefit manager as well as the PBM Prime Therapeutics, which is owned by 18 Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans.
Walgreens partnership with Prime is one of the reasons CVS Health needed to buy Aetna. As part of the Prime-Walgreens relationship formed two years ago, Blue Cross members are in effect directed away from CVS drugstores to Walgreens pharmacies as part of Primes national preferred pharmacy network. The preferred pharmacy network began Jan. 1, 2017.
In agreeing to buy Aetna, CVS will gain more than 22 million health plan members in an escalating battle over U.S. prescriptions. The Aetna enrollees represent health plan members and prescriptions CVS needs after being shut out of the Prime network of Blue Cross health plan members. Link to Original
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In connection with the proposed transaction between CVS Health Corporation (CVS Health) and Aetna Inc. (Aetna), on February 9, 2018, CVS Health filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) an amendment to the registration statement on Form S-4 that was originally filed on January 4, 2018. The registration statement includes a joint proxy statement of CVS Health and Aetna that also constitutes a prospectus of CVS Health. The registration statement was declared effective by the SEC on February 9, 2018, and CVS Health and Aetna commenced mailing the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus to stockholders of CVS Health and shareholders of Aetna on or about February 12, 2018. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF CVS HEALTH AND AETNA ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED OR THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by CVS Health or Aetna through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by CVS Health are available free of charge within the Investors section of CVS Healths Web site at http://www.cvshealth.com/investors or by contacting CVS Healths Investor Relations Department at 800-201-0938. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Aetna are available free of charge on Aetnas internet website at http://www.Aetna.com or by contacting Aetnas Investor Relations Department at 860-273-0896.
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