Cigna, Express Scripts delay merger deadline to mid-2019

Cigna and Express Scripts don't expect their deal to close by a Dec. 8 deadline and have extended their deadline six months.

The companies' new merger termination date is June 8, 2019, according to a Nov. 21 Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The merger's review process is being held up in three states: California, New York and New Jersey.

Despite the deadline extension, Cigna and Express Scripts anticipate their $67 billion deal will close in 2018, according to the filing.

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