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UnitedHealth Group Inc. will gain access to “vast amounts of data” on how rival insurers do business if its proposed acquisition of Change Healthcare Inc. goes through, the Justice Department said opening arguments in a trial challenging the deal.

UnitedHealth countered that it already has data on competitors through its Optum services unit and has a track record of treating the information appropriately. The company is contesting the case and plans to call top executives from both UnitedHealth and its Optum Insight health information technology unit to testify.

As the Justice Department’s trial seeking to block the $7.8 billion deal got underway Monday in federal court in Washington, prosecutor Eric Welsh said UnitedHealth’s proposal to divest some of Change’s business and wall off the competitively sensitive information isn’t enough.

 

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