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Anthem to Acquire Simply Healthcare Holdings

Upon completion of the deal, Anthem will serve more than 500,000 members in the state of Florida.

Anthem, Inc. has announced its agreement to acquire Simply Healthcare Holdings, Inc., which provides services to Floridian policyholders enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare programs through its two subsidiaries, Simply Healthcare Plans, Inc. and Better Health, Inc.

The purchase of Simply Healthcare builds on the health insurer’s business growth strategies. Upon completion of the transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2015, Anthem will serve more than 500,000 members in the state of Florida through its affiliated Medicaid and Medicare plans.

“This acquisition aligns with Anthem’s strategy for continued growth in our government business division,” said Anthem president and CEO, Joseph Swedish, in a statement. “Simply Healthcare’s strong presence and solid provider relationships further strengthens our Medicaid and Medicare companies’ positioning and advances the companies’ capabilities to more effectively and efficiently serve these populations in Florida -- a key market for growth.”

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Kelly Sheridan is Associate Editor at Dark Reading. She started her career in business tech journalism at Insurance & Technology and most recently reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft and business IT. Sheridan earned her BA at Villanova University. View Full Bio

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