Health Insurance

WellPoint rate hikes spark protest in Indianapolis

February 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Congressman Andre Carson will make remarks Thursday during a public chastising of Indianapolis-based health insurer for 21-percent rate hike on individuals.
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WellPoint, insurance commissioner get earful from lawmakers

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
State House insurance committee chair grills executives about WellPoint's 21-percent premium increase for individual policyholders in Indiana.
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WellPoint hits bottom with customers

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Even before WellPoint dissatisfied President Obama over its rate increases in California, it wasn't doing so hot satisfying its actual customers, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
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State lawmakers to probe WellPoint premium hikes

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Three WellPoint executives will be on hand Wednesday morning to answer questions about premium increases on its individual policies, which have risen as high as 39 percent this year.
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WellPoint delays investor meeting to testify on rate flap

February 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based insurer, preparing for Congressional testimony on proposed premium increases in California, says its earnings forecast is now less clear.
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Could WellPoint woes breathe life into health reform?

February 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The firestorm created this week by Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint's spike in premiums could resurrect some parts of the languishing health reform bills.
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WellPoint CFO says insurance 'mega-mergers' unlikely

February 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. chief financial officer Wayne DeVeydt said President Obama's Federal Trade Commission is unlikely to approve mergers among the biggest insurers.
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WellPoint: More employers involved in provider talksRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Employer activism is on the rise when it comes to keeping hospitals honest in their negotiations with health insurers. Executives at Indianapolis-based WellPoint say more employers are airing their displeasure when hospital systems ask for double-digit reimbursement increases.
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Concluding the worst is over, investors warm to WellPoint

January 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Analysts say losses of employer-sponsored insurance customers due to layoffs is finally slowing down.
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Indiana GOP wants to block federal health reform mandates

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Republicans in the Legislature have joined their counterparts in 25 other states in trying to prevent key aspects of reform from taking effect in Indiana.
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State Republicans try to block health reform mandates

January 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Joint resolutions in the state Legislature seek to amend the state constitution to block enforcement of provisions in the federal bills that would require individuals to buy insurance and all but the smallest employers to help pay for it.
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Indy man gets 2 years for extorting insurance firm

January 13, 2010
Associated Press
Kevin Stewart stole a computer server that contained the names and confidential information of 900,000 people.
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Doctors resume battle with Anthem, health insurersRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Doctors are pushing again to strengthen their hands in contract negotiations with health insurers, especially market leader Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
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WellPoint stock surging on positive analyst forecasts

January 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The long-term outlook for health care reform is uncertain, but many analysts are expecting big health insurers like Indianapolis-based WellPoint to benefit in 2010.
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Grass-roots groups prepare to fill gaps in health care reform

January 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Legislation set to come out of Washington will not change the most fundamental problems of the health care system, leaving it up to states, cities and companies to figure out what to do about it.
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Health care reform would push state to hike Medicaid pay to docs

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An actuarial report prepared by the local office of Milliman Inc., a Seattle-based consulting firm, projects that the state of Indiana would have to hike its Medicaid payments by one-third in order to entice more doctors into the program.
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Health care reform could drive more people to buy their own insurance

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
If Congress passes health care reform, more people will become like Juli Erhart-Graves, whose family spends nearly 18 percent of its income on health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs.
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St. Vincent-Novia clinic partnership cuts out insurance middleman

November 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
The St. Vincent Health hospital system has joined with Indianapolis-based Novia CareClinics LLC to set up clinics on employers’ campuses, offering health care for their workers with no insurance companies involved.
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New Anthem pay-for-performance program gives docs $3.1M

November 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana is doling out $3.1 million to Indianapolis-area doctors—its first payments based on a local quality measuring system.
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Hancock Regional Hospital goes after Geist market

November 14, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $7.8 million medical office building in McCordsville will allow the hospital to tap patients with private insurance.
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WellPoint, Obama administration battle over cost of health reform to employers

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
At this point in the health reform debate, you have to take numbers from any side with a grain of salt. That said, Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. has done perhaps the only local analysis of how proposed reforms would affect the cost of health insurance for employers.
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Health insurer Anthem's market share swells

October 31, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.'s Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield subsidiary claimed 42.5 percent of central Indiana residents covered by private health insurance this year, up from 35-percent last year, according to a market research firm.
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WellPoint shares flat after profits beat analyst predictions

October 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.'s third-quarter profits soared above analysts' expectations, but the insurer remains cautious in the face of the flu and high unemployment.
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Doctors balk at Senate attempt to cut waste

October 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
Some Indianapolis-area doctors fear a bill in the U.S. Senate would botch the way costs for tests and procedures are calculated, and ultimately lead to a reimbursement system that works worse than the existing system.
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WellPoint's third-quarter profits beat expectations

October 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.'s third-quarter profits fell 11 percent, the company reported this morning, but still soared above analysts' expectations.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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