Those who have been teaching in Bristol more than six years will remember that Anthem administered the insurance coverage prior to Cigna. Rumors of a possible acquisition or merger between the two insurance giants have been ongoing for weeks, and today the details are public.

Here is a New York Times article, and here is Hartford Courant coverage.

This deal is not expected to be finalized and fully approved until the second half of 2016.

What will this eventually mean for Bristol teachers? While no change in coverage will occur, members can probably expect Anthem to absorb Cigna’s resources to provide more efficient coverage and services more akin to their own business practices. It should also increase the list of possible providers in network.