Sierra Shareholders OK Merger

The merger with UnitedHealth Group now faces regulators.
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Sierra Health Services

(SIE)

said after the market close Wednesday that 99% of shareholders entitled to vote at a shareholder meeting approved a merger with

UnitedHealth Group

(UNH) - Get Report

.

Under the acquisition agreement, announced in March, Sierra shareholders will receive $43.50 for each of their shares. The Las Vegas-based health-care services company said ultimate completion of the transaction depends on regulatory approvals, though both companies expect the deal to close before year's end.

After closing Wednesday's regular session down 3 cents, Sierra's shares rose 29 cents, or 0.7%, to $41.76 in aftermarket trading. UnitedHealth slid 28 cents, or 0.5%, to $51.47 in aftermarket trading after closing down 4 cents for the day.