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Hospitals push preemptive care with special programsRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Hospitals around Indianapolis and the nation are expanding programs to help people before they become patients. They are trying to teach cooking as well as treat cancer, to do social work as well as do surgery.
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COLVIN: Get ready for a perfect storm in Worker's Compensation

March 17, 2012
Ryan Colvin / Special to IBJ
Rates are set to rise as insurers increasingly note the link between older workers' health and productivity.
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COLVIN: Get ready for a perfect storm in Worker's Compensation

March 17, 2012
Ryan Colvin / Special to IBJ
Rates are set to rise as insurers increasingly note the link between older workers' health and productivity.
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Tornadoes may cost insurers $2B, risk modeler says

March 6, 2012
Bloomberg News
Tornadoes that slammed five states in the U.S. Midwest and South last week may generate as much as $2 billion in claims costs for insurers, risk-modeling firm Eqecat Inc. says.
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WellPoint replaces fired Medicare plan chief

March 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
Venkata Rajamannar Madabhushi will take control of the various Medicare Advantage plans WellPoint runs around the country, replacing Brian Sassi, whom WellPoint fired last month.
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CNO Financial approves $100M stock buyback

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
Carmel-based insurance holding company CNO Financial Group Inc. said Wednesday its board of directors approved the repurchase of up to $100 million in stock.
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HHGregg gets $40M from life insurance on former CEO

February 29, 2012
Cory Schouten
HHGregg has collected a $40 million payout from a life insurance policy it took out on former executive chairman Jerry W. Throgmartin, who died in January after a sudden illness.
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CNO Financial profits beat analysts' predictions

February 22, 2012
J.K. Wall
Excluding investment gains and one-time charges, CNO’s operations generated $60.1 million, or 22 cents per share, in the fourth quarter, up 16 percent from the same period last year.
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Disappointing quarter puts WellPoint brass on hot seatRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Greg Andrews
Analysts say the company has struggled to generate the consistent earnings that rivals have, in part because of mispricing of its Medicare Advantage senior coverage.
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Lawsuit filed over denial of senior's home care

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Carmel-based health insurer once owned by Conseco Inc. is being sued for refusing to pay claims for in-home care submitted by California senior citizens.
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Baldwin & Lyons ends tough year with quarterly profit

February 2, 2012
Indianapolis-based Baldwin & Lyons Inc. turned a profit in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to erase a dismal 2011 plagued by catastrophic losses.
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UPDATE: WellPoint to boost primary-care pay

January 27, 2012
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. plans to improve primary care reimbursement and start paying for care management it doesn't currently cover, changes that could give patients more quality time with their doctors.
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WellPoint shares sink after disappointing earnings report

January 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
WellPoint Inc.'s stock price dropped almost 5 percent Wednesday after the insurer's fourth-quarter earnings failed to meet analyst expectations.
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Indiana deals ranged upward of $800 millionRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Mergers and acquisitions in 2011 ranged from WellPoint's acquisition of CareMore to a trucking company merger.
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Scrutiny rises on Bankers Life

January 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
After the insurer's name went on Indianapolis' downtown arena, CBS News focused on how hundreds of Bankers Life’s long-term-care insurance policyholders have accused the company of having “beat them down with bureaucracy."
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WellPoint, other insurers profit from health law they oppose

January 5, 2012
Insurance companies spent millions of dollars trying to defeat the U.S. health-care overhaul. But profit margins at the companies have widened to levels not seen since before the recession, a Bloomberg Government study shows.
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WellPoint prevails in shareholder suit over 2001 restructuring

December 28, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A federal judge has dismissed a shareholder class-action lawsuit against WellPoint stemming from the company’s 2001 conversion from a mutual insurer to a publicly traded company.
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Fieldhouse gets Bankers Life name

December 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
It will be difficult to rebrand the arena where the Indiana Pacers play, but team officials praised sponsor CNO Financial for sticking with the $20 million naming-rights deal despite tough times.
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Hotels already calling venue CNO Financial Fieldhouse

December 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Pacers have not announced a name change, but have a special announcement scheduled for Thursday.
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Express Scripts, WellPoint in contract fight

December 13, 2011
Associated Press
Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. said Tuesday it is in the middle of a contract dispute with WellPoint Inc., one of the biggest health insurers in the United States.
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Medical Mutual eyes Indiana for growth

December 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Health insurer expects enrollment in its health plan to grow 30 percent next year, to nearly 21,000. And then it expects growth of another 40 percent.
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Third-quarter profit dips at OneAmerica

December 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
OneAmerica earned $15.4 million in the three months ended Sept. 30, down 53 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Most of that difference came from a 17-percent jump in policy benefit payments.
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WellPoint won’t put brand-name Lipitor on generics list

December 1, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer by enrollment, will favor a copy of the blockbuster cholesterol medication made by Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., the insurer said.
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Decatur Vein Clinic branches outRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
In little more than a decade, former Conseco director Dr. David Decatur has turned his single-office family practice into a multistate chain of vein clinics. A 14th location is planned.
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UnitedHealth to acquire Medicare insurer XLHealth

November 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it will acquire XLHealth Corp., a provider of managed care for chronically ill Medicare members. Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. had been considering a possible acquisition of the company.
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