Health Care & Insurance

WellPoint may be anti-competitive, Connecticut AG says

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc.'s Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut may constrain competition through contracts that require that the insurer receives hospital discounts at least as favorable as any provided to a competitor.
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Eli Lilly to buy European rights to Pfizer animal products

March 8, 2010
Scott Olson
The acquisition will benefit Elanco, Lilly's animal health division in Greenfield, which has become increasingly important to Lilly as it braces for patent-protection losses.
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Sebelius asks insurers to justify rate hikes

March 4, 2010
Associated Press
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met at the White House with the CEOs of Indianapolis-based WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealth Group, as well as several state insurance commissioners.
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Dow Agro plans $340M expansion, 577 new jobs

March 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The investment will greatly expand the company's research and development capacity and is a major win for the Indiana life sciences industry. Dow AgroSciences expects most of the positions to pay between $65,000 and $95,000 annually.
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Ex-Lilly medical director named state health commissioner

March 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Dr. Gregory N. Larkin, the former global medical director at Eli Lilly and Co., will replace Dr. Judy Monroe, who is leaving to become deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Cornelius to retire as Bristol-Myers Squibb CEO

March 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The former Guidant Corp. CEO and long-time Eli Lilly exec said he and his family will be returning to Indianapolis.
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Dow Agro plans 'major' expansion announcement

March 3, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Local Dow Chemical subsidiary expects to launch five new biotech products by 2012.
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IU cancer center names new director

March 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Dr. Patrick J. Loehrer Sr. replaces Dr. Stephen D. Williams, the center's founding director, who died of cancer in February 2009.
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Consumer group sues Anthem over policy changes

March 1, 2010
Associated Press
A consumer watchdog group filed a lawsuit Monday against WellPoint's California subsidiary on behalf of policyholders, claiming they were pushed to take coverage with fewer benefits and higher deductibles.
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State health commissioner leaving for CDC

March 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Judy Monroe, after five years as Indiana's public health leader, will spearhead communication between federal and state health agencies.
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Conseco shares fall after dip in fourth-quarter profits

February 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based insurer swings to a profit, but earnings from operations decline.
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WellPoint records subpoened in California probe

February 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
The California attorney general has demanded documents from several health insurers, including Indianapolis' WellPoint, believing that their rate-setting and claims practices might be illegal.
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Study: Hospital clout spurs higher Calif. health costs

February 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
While insurers get the blame for rising health-care costs for consumers, surging fees from hospitals and the growing dominance of such providers may be just as responsible for driving up expenses, according to a new study examining California's market.
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Conseco's quarterly profit trimmed by legal costs

February 25, 2010
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based insurer Conseco Inc. has been profitable for four straight quarters.
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WellPoint CEO blames health costs for hikes

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
Amid attacks from Democrats over high executive salaries, Angela Braly testified in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday that big insurance-premium increases are the result of growing price tags for hospital care and pharmaceuticals.
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WellPoint testimony drops green flag on health reform restart

February 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
CEO Angela Braly is defending individual premium hikes one day before Obama's summit to debate his new reform proposal with Republicans.
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House approves smoking ban in public places

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
The House has approved legislation that would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.
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Medco profit rises as mail-order generics business grows

February 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The pharmacy benefits manager, which has major operations in Whitestown, said fourth quarter profit rose 24 percent.
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Lilly, Merck, Pfizer starting research center

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
Three major U.S. drugmakers said they have formed a not-for-profit company in Asia to focus on cancer research and treatments.
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WellPoint gets tax delay in Obama health plan

February 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Insurers WellPoint Inc. and others would get a delay in taxes on premiums and high-cost medical benefits, along with additional funding for expanding Medicaid, under a White House proposal
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Obama endorses new taxes, more drugmaker fees

February 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Obama, seeking to break an impasse over health-care legislation, proposes a plan that includes the first Medicare tax on unearned income such as capital gains and higher fees on drugmakers.
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Insurers warn of problems with federal regulator

February 22, 2010
Associated Press
President Obama's latest push for a health care overhaul could drive health plans around the country into insolvency, according to an insurance trade group.
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WellPoint's health insurance rate hike spurs legislative inquiryRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
The furor over WellPoint Inc.’s premium hikes have migrated from California to Indiana, where state lawmakers held a high-profile hearing.
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White House plans new rules for health insurers

February 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
President Obama will release a proposal to restart the health-care debate before a bipartisan White House meeting on Feb. 25, one day after WellPoint officials testify before Congress about steep rate increases.
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Teva gets European OK to sell generic of Lilly's Evista

February 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Evista generated $1.03 billion in sales last year, of which $348.1 million came outside the United States.
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  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

  4. downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

  5. Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!

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