Cigna, Aetna hire lobbyists amid mergers

As the health insurance market prepares for a duo of mergers, the companies involved are hiring teams of lobbyists to make sure the process goes smoothly. 

Most recently, Cigna, which agreed to a $54 billion takeover by insurance company Anthem last month, hired two firms. 

WilmerHale and Polaris Government Relations will be working on anti-trust issues for the company as it navigates the merger. 

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The hires bring a Democrat — Jonathan Yarowsky, who served as special counsel to former President Clinton and House Judiciary Committee chief counsel —together with a team of GOP lobbyists with House and Senate experience.

Meanwhile, Aetna has brought on four firms to help handle its $37 billion purchase of Humana. 

The company hired Bloom Strategic Counsel, a firm founded by a former counsel to a Senate antitrust panel, and The Gibson Group, founded by former House Judiciary Committee aide and Justice Department official Joseph Gibson.

Firms with ties to GOP leadership in both chambers — West Front Strategies and CGCN Group — are also new to Aetna’s K Street roster.

If the two mergers go through, it will leave only three big insurers in the market.