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Department of Justice sues to block large health insurer mergers

The Department of Justice filed a suit against two large health insurer mergers Thursday.

U.S. antitrust enforcers on Thursday filed lawsuits challenging Anthem Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.’s planned combination with Humana Inc., alleging the mergers would produce an unacceptable reduction in competition.

The antitrust lawsuits are a bold response by the Justice Department to aggressive efforts by the nation’s leading...