UnitedHealth Group has an expanding presence in owned physician practices and other medical providers in key markets, and its largest competitors have united with pharmacy benefit managers in imitation of UnitedHealth's OptumRx ownership. UnitedHealth is advocating for federal regulatory changes aimed at lowering prescription drug costs. It has also led the charge for using step therapy for protected drugs within the Medicare Part B benefit. It has also made headlines with its policy of sharing pharmacy rebates with fully insured pharmacy customers at the point of purchase.

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