Healthcare and Consumer Products Section

Industries and Commodities

The Healthcare and Consumer Products Section (HCP) is responsible for civil antitrust enforcement, competition advocacy, and competition policy in the areas of:

  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Pulp, paper, and timber
  • Appliances
  • Food products
  • Beer
  • Cosmetics and hair care
  • Bread

Federal and State Contacts

Healthcare matters: HCP often works with the Department of Health and Human Services and state attorneys general in its healthcare investigations and cases.

Competition advocacy: HCP often collaborates with the Federal Trade Commission on competition advocacy in the healthcare sectors, including advocacy efforts that address Certificates of Need Rules.

Selected Cases and Investigations

U.S. and Plaintiff States v. Anthem, Inc., and Cigna Corp.

U.S. and Plaintiff States v. Aetna Inc., and Humana Inc.

U.S. v. Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV and SABMiller plc

U.S. and State of Michigan v. Hillsdale Community Health Center; W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital, d/b/a Allegiance Health; Community Health Center of Branch County; and ProMedica Health Systems, Inc.

U.S. v. Verso Paper Corp. and NewPage Holdings Inc.

U.S. v. Flakeboard America Limited, Celulosa Arauco y Constitución, S.A., Inversiones Angelini y Compañia Limitada, and Sierrapine

U.S. v. International Paper Company and Temple-Inland Inc.

U.S. v. Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V., BBU, Inc., and Sara Lee Corporation

U.S. and State of Michigan v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

U.S. and State of Texas v. United Regional Health Care System

Related Guidelines and Reports

Healthcare Enforcement and Advocacy

July 2004

Improving Health Care: A Dose of Competition—A Report by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice

August 1996

Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Health Care


Photo of Peter J. Mucchetti

Peter J. Mucchetti, Chief

Scott I. Fitzgerald, Assistant Chief 

Eric Welsh, Assistant Chief

Mailing address:
Suite 4100, Liberty Square Building
450 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530

Phone: 202-307-0001
Fax: 202-307-5802

Related pages:

Sections and Offices: Contains contact information for each section and office.

Division Manual: Chapter 1, Organization and Functions of the Antitrust Division

Updated September 4, 2018

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