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Aetna to acquire rival Humana for US$37b in cash and stock

Deal signals start of what may become flurry of consolidation in US health insurance sector

A handout image released by Aetna on July 3, 2015, showing the Rogers Building at Aetna's Headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

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US health insurer giant Aetna said on Friday that it had agreed to acquire its smaller rival Humana for US$37 billion in cash and stock, signalling the start of what may become a flurry of consolidation in the sector.

The deal would bring together two of the biggest US