Missouri Minute: Insurance department rules against Aetna-Humana merger, Centene office expansion bigger than expected

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Department of Insurance rules Aetna-Humana merger in Missouri anticompetitive

The Missouri Department of Insurance ruled in an order issued Tuesday that a proposed $37 billion merger between health insurance companies Aetna and Humana was anticompetitive. Read more

Centene plans offices and more in Clayton expansion

Centene Corp. on Tuesday confirmed what many in the business community had already suspected: The managed care giant has plans to build a second office tower east of its Clayton headquarters, and the scope of the project is much larger than initially thought. Read more

Silpada Designs announces closure, cites outdated business model

Lenexa-based Silpada Designs, a multimillion-dollar silver jewelry company, announced on Tuesday its plan to close in July. Read more

Senate committees to study long-term care, utility ratemaking, state pharmacy aid costs

The state Senate is launching committees that will study three issues in the months before the new General Assembly convenes in January. Read more

KC Chamber honors IT firm k12itc as Small Business of the Year

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday gave its Small Business of the Year award to k12itc, a company that offers cloud computing products and services for K-12 schools. Four other Kansas City-area businesses received specialty awards at the chamber’s 30th annual Small Business Celebration. Read more

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