Aetna to Sell Medicare Part D Business to WellCare Health Plans

Aetna has agreed to sell the assets from their Medicare Part D business to WellCare Health Plans in hopes of greasing the rails for approval of its merger with CVS.

The financial terms of the transaction have not yet been disclosed. However, the deal is contingent upon approval from the Trump administration regarding the CVS-Aetna merger, which totals at about $69 billion.

As of June 30, 2018, approximately 2.2 million people were enrolled in Aetna’s Medicare Part D plan. The sale will not affect Aetna’s individual or group Medicare Advantage, Medicare Advantage Part D, or Medicare Supplement products or plans.

CVS and Aetna hope that this sale to WellCare Health Plans will help them gain approval on the merger from the Department of Justice, and they expect the deal will close before the end of the year.

Moving into Medicare This deal with Aetna is WellCare’s third deal in a little over two years. They acquired Universal American in 2017 as well as Meridian Health at the beginning of September. The company already has a firm stance in the Medicaid business. Recently, they have been focusing more and more on growing their membership in Medicare plans to provide seniors with quality health care.

WellCare’s current membership in Medicare drug plans is about 1.1 million beneficiaries. The transaction with Aetna will triple that number to 3.3 million.

If the DOJ approves the CVS-Aetna merger, WellCare will gain control of the Aetna plans by midnight on December 31.

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