CVS Pharmacy The new Aetna Connected plans will be "more affordable" than a traditional plan but the companies offered no specific details on the cost. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Mergers in the health care industry are often met with scrutiny and concerns of decreased competition and increased costs. When CVS and Aetna first announced their plans to merge, they faced an uphill battle, getting final sign-off in 2019. But the merger appears to be bearing fruit for consumers with the introduction of a new health insurance plan from Aetna that leverages CVS's retail assets.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.