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September 23, 2022

UnitedHealth Gets the Go-Ahead to Purchase Change Healthcare

Following an 11-day bench trial in early August, on September 19, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied the U.S. DOJ’s request to halt UnitedHealth’s purchase of Change Healthcare. Change Healthcare provides technology that helps insurance providers avoid overpayments and reduce waste. The District Court was unpersuaded by  the DOJ’s argument that purchasing Change Healthcare would provide United access to rival insurer data and incentivize the slowdown of new claims processing. Along with permitting the $13 billion purchase, Judge Nichols ordered United to divest ClaimsXten, a claims optimization company. The full opinion is currently under seal, and will be released once sensitive information is redacted. 

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