Insurance

Bill keeps mandate debate swirling: Biz community favors stripped-down optionRestricted Content

February 28, 2005
Scott Olson
Small-business owner Gail Piltz, who is paying 31 percent more this year than he did a year ago to insure himself and his four employees, has a somewhat radical philosophy regarding health care insurance. His suggestion: Everyone should be responsible for his or her own health care plan, just like they are with their automobile and homeowner's insurance. That way, he said, people might abuse the system less and make coverage more affordable. Piltz's proposition has failed to gain traction...
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New suitor sees future in Standard: Investor says he'll leave life insurance arm in IndyRestricted Content

February 21, 2005
Tom Murphy
John Franco left Kentucky-based ARM Financial Group Inc. more than a year before it imploded, and he sees Standard Life Insurance as his ticket to re-enter the insurance market. ARM Financial sank a few years ago under the weight of enormous losses, bankruptcy, shareholder lawsuits and insurance downgrades. Franco and others say he had nothing to do with the demise of the company he helped found. "After I left, the company pursued a very different path and the rest is...
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OneAmerica grows bullish on its future: New leadership hopes to sustain steady growthRestricted Content

February 21, 2005
Tom Murphy
OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. kept busy with a brand change, a record year for retirement services and the arrival of several new leaders in 2004. New President and CEO Dayton Molendorp plans to keep the positive momentum flowing with 34 key projects outlined in the 2005 business plan. But analysts say the Indianapolis company will have to grow in the face of strong competition and a pressing need to keep up with technology. The company formerly known as AUL unveiled...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: Does good biz mean good guv?Restricted Content

February 21, 2005
CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary Does good biz mean good guv? It's already crystal clear that Gov. Mitch Daniels intends to live up to his promise to shake things up in Indiana government. It's even clearer that he believes the people who will help him succeed in doing so are people who have been successful in business. I'm guessing a large number of IBJ readers are eating this up. For as long as I can remember, businesspeople have complained about government bureaucracy...
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Head of IT firm ensures company primed for growth: She started business to offer customized training but altered her strategy as circumstances changed Strategic decisions "She almost vibrates" Female support

February 14, 2005
Kathy Maeglin
Kathy Carrier's dad was angry when she left a lucrative job at a Fortune 500 company to start her own firm. But four years later, when she won an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, he told his daughter: "Clearly your vision for yourself was greater than the one I had for you." In less than seven years, Carrier, 46, has built her Fort Wayne-based information technology writing and training firm, Briljent LLC, into a business with annual...
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Movie theater ads spark big-screen debate: Appeal of captive audience and demographics push advertising sales to record levels, prompting backlashRestricted Content

February 7, 2005
Anthony Schoettle
Ron Keedy can be found taking tickets, popping popcorn and sweeping floors at Key Cinemas on Indianapolis' south side. There's little Keedy won't do to build customer loyalty at the two-screen cinema he owns. What he won't do is sell advertisements to go along with the first-run, often offbeat films he shows. Keedy thinks movies are art, and there's no place for commercial ads in the art his patrons pay to see. "Maybe I'm a purist," Keedy said. "I feel...
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Cancer plan enters action phase: State health initiative unveils multi-pronged strategy to take on deadly diseaseRestricted Content

January 31, 2005
Scott Olson
But Dr. Greg Wilson, the department's commissioner who stepped down Jan. 25 due to the change in administrations, realizes it's going to take more than money to snuff out unhealthful habits, such as smoking. "Three-hundred-thousand dollars will not cure cancer in Indiana," Wilson said. "We really have to utilize the private sec- tor and we really have to involve all the participants." Those participants include 110 organizations that make up the Indiana Cancer Consortium, an effort initiated in 2001 to...
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Advocacy office leader will keep job with state: Daniels administration retains Kernan appointee, who took new position in JulyRestricted Content

January 31, 2005
Scott Olson
Amid all the resignations and terminations in state government recently, at least one holdover appointed by the previous administration is remaining on the job. And small-business advocates could not be more pleased. David Dorff, whom former Gov. Joe Kernan tabbed in July to lead the state's new Office of Small Business Advocacy, received word from Gov. Mitch Daniels in early January that he would remain on staff. Kernan unveiled the agency last summer as part of a series of initiatives...
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Duke scratches spec itch on far north side: Nine Parkwood doesn't signal new building boomRestricted Content

January 31, 2005
Tammy Lieber
A strong leasing year in the Meridian corridor Class A office submarket led Duke Realty Corp. to break ground on a speculative office building, but local experts don't expect other developers to follow Duke's lead anytime soon. Site work has begun on Nine Parkwood Crossing, the final building in Indianapolis-based Duke's project on 96th Street east of Meridian Street. Completion is set for January 2006. Minnesota-based American Family Insurance will occupy 45,000 square feet of the building, moving its offices...
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WellPoint gets warm welcome on market: Analysts see many reasons for stock's attractivenessRestricted Content

January 31, 2005
Tom Murphy
The new year dawned bright for WellPoint Inc., with the freshly formed company's stock price in the middle of what one analyst called "somewhat extraordinary" growth. Shares for the insurer jumped nearly $8 apiece on Dec. 1 to close at $109.10 the first day they traded under the WellPoint Inc. name. Before that date, the shares traded under Anthem Inc. Steady growth continued from there. The price hit a 52-week high Jan. 19 when it closed at $123.60, according to...
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Employers target obesity through wellness programs: Overweight workers contribute to higher health costsRestricted Content

January 31, 2005
Della Pacheco
Companies enjoy seeing an increase in their bottom line as a reflection of positive growth. They don't, however, like to see growth in employee "bottoms," as evidenced by a national obesity epidemic that is becoming a public health crisis and is cutting into corporate profits through increased health care costs. A study by the not-for-profit, nonpartisan Trust for America's Health reported that nearly 119 million American adults-65 percent-are overweight or obese. The group warns that obesity may soon overtake tobacco...
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Malpractice proposals clash with Indiana law: Federal reform efforts could create confusionRestricted Content

January 31, 2005
Scott Olson
President Bush's proposal to lower health care costs by capping medical malpractice awards could create questions in Indiana, where state lawmakers passed similar legislation 30 years ago. Bush made his case to reform health care earlier this month in Madison County, Ill., across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The American Tort Reform Association has called the county the "judicial hellhole" of the nation because of a reputation for huge jury awards won by plaintiffs. The president wants to place...
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Growing groups carry clout: Successful physician organizations drive deals for new health care facilitiesRestricted Content

January 31, 2005
Tom Murphy
Indiana's largest group of cardiologists was almost ready a few years ago to build its own specialty hospital in partnership with an out-of-town chain. The Care Group LLC had entered deep discussions with North Carolina-based MedCath Corp. to create a potent duo in a profitable field. The doctors told St. Vincent Health, which depended on them for cardiology expertise, "at the 11th hour" of their plans, said Dr. Skip Hallam, a cardiologist and Care Group CEO. "They stepped up to...
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Failed deals raise questions: Standard Management calls off two health services acquisitions, delaying strategic shiftRestricted Content

January 31, 2005
Tom Murphy
Standard Management Corp. lost a large chunk of potential revenue and raised more questions about its future when it recently revealed the end of deals to buy two health services companies. The deals' collapse stifles attempts, at least for now, to shift the company's business focus from life insurance to providing medical services. And it's caught the attention of regulators who are giving the company a close look. The India n a p o l i s holding company stated...
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Partners bet on Capitol block: Shiel Sexton teams up with Gregory & Appel to redevelop old factoryRestricted Content

January 24, 2005
Andrea Muirragui
An Indianapolis contracting company is deepening its near-north-side roots-and exploring another avenue of the real estate business-with a multimillion-dollar plan to renovate and rent out an 85-year-old building just blocks from its Capitol Avenue headquarters. Shiel Sexton Co. Inc. has agreed to spend more than $5 million on the 60,000-square-foot brick building at 1402 N. Capitol Ave., restoring the property to its former glory and transforming it from industrial to office use. The company also is seeking tenants for a...
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A business decision: Appointee: Finances, not tax woes, led to reconsiderationRestricted Content

January 24, 2005
Tom Murphy
Harold Calloway said his sudden decision last week to decline his appointment as Indiana's next insurance commissioner boiled down to a reluctance to leave the business he built from scratch. His change of heart had nothing to do with several state-income-tax warrants filed against him and his wife, Frankye, according to Calloway. All the warrants have been satisfied or paid, according to state records. Gov. Mitch Daniels announced late last month that he had picked Calloway, 58, to become the...
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VIEWPOINT: We stand on the shoulders of black business giantsRestricted Content

January 24, 2005
Jesse L.
In a recent conversation with a family member regarding the lack of African-American businesses in the high technology, life sciences and larger manufacturing arenas, I began to wonder, "What are the barriers that prevent African-Americans from entering business? Are conditions worse now than in the past when we seemed to have greater representation in these areas?" Some will say it is the lack of access to capital. Some will point to the continued aura of racism and prejudice, while still...
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Standard Life deal on hold: Firm still trying to sell life insurance businessRestricted Content

January 17, 2005
Tom Murphy
Standard Management Corp. ended a difficult 2004 the same way it started the year: trying to seal a deal to sell its life insurance business. The Indianapolis holding company announced in November a plan to sell Standard Life Insurance Company of Indiana to "an unaffiliated third-party buyer." That marked the third time in 2004 that Standard entered into such an agreement, according to SEC filings. Company shares jumped 27 percent to close at $3.55 the day of the Nov. 22...
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School-based clinics get boost from grant: Learning Well Inc. operates in 53 Marion County schoolsRestricted Content

January 17, 2005
Andrea Muirragui
Indianapolis-based Anthem Foundation gave Learning Well Inc. $100,000 to open two school-based clinics in Marion County and support its efforts to address childhood obesity and asthma. But the effect will go much further than that, one board member said. "We're finally seeing stability and potential for growth," said Betty Wilson, a member of Learning Well's executive committee and CEO of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, which has plowed millions into the program and is a driving force behind the...
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Workers' Comp safety net lands in new claims pool: Market of last resort changes way it handles premiumsRestricted Content

January 17, 2005
Tom Murphy
The state ran into problems, though, when several insurers became insolvent, which cost the state more than $1 million in recent years. Starting Jan. 1, all the premiums began going into a trust account, which pays the claims as needed. The insurance providers will not be called upon unless that account runs dry, Cooper said. The state safety net for Worker's Compensation insurance began the new year with a new plan to pay claims, one that might lead to fewer...
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EYE ON THE PIE: We're saving more than you thinkRestricted Content

January 10, 2005
Morton Marcus
For years, I have been listening to Paul Harvey on the radio decrying the low savings rate of Americans. Our seemingly profligate ways, spending nearly all we earn, will lead us to the poorhouse, if not the eternal fires of debtors' damnation. Many of my learned colleagues share this view. Americans are spending too much, consuming too much, saving too little. They tell us the personal-savings rate hit an all-time low in October, at 0.1 percent. That means we put...
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A family cashes in on the nursing shortage: Noblesville company grows rapidly by filling voidRestricted Content

January 10, 2005
Tom Murphy
A Noblesville family took on the U.S. nursing shortage in 1999 armed with only $30,000 and a home computer and wound up creating a multimillion-dollar business. The nursing shortage still lingers, but the family's company, Innovative Placements Inc., takes in more than $8 million in annual revenue by filling employment gaps with traveling nurses. Twin sisters Retha Clark and Letha Engelman, and Letha's husband, John, place more than 100 nurses in 39 states. They want to add 50 more nurses...
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Checking credit status set to get easier: New law lets consumers obtain 3 free reports each year, implements changes to help fight identification theftRestricted Content

January 10, 2005
Brent Adams
Aging medical bills that fell off the radar screen, unused bank accounts that were never closed and continue to rack up monthly fees, or an erroneous charge placed on the report by mistake all can wreak havoc on consumers' plans. Beginning in March, however, a law signed by President Bush in December 2003 will make it easier for Indiana residents to keep closer tabs on those credit reports and head off troubles at the pass. The Fair and Accurate Credit...
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GERALD BEPKO Commentary: State should help insurance industry growRestricted Content

January 10, 2005
GERALD BEPKO Commentary State should help insurance industry grow Everyone seems to agree that state governments must facilitate job growth and wealth creation. As pioneers in publicprivate partnerships, Indiana's leaders have envisioned a future for Indiana that includes many partnership economi c - d eve l o p m e n t strategies. One reflection of this vision is the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership-led focus on key sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, logistics and life sciences. The priority associated with...
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Hospital grades hit Web: State says data is helpful, but should be used carefully by health care consumersRestricted Content

January 10, 2005
Tom Murphy
Everything from the number of services performed to the number of complaints received is covered by the new hospital consumer reports section on the department's Web site. Health Department officials say they've wanted to post this information for some time to give patients a way to make more informed choices about where to seek treatment. However, the people who post the numbers and others in health care caution that the data offers only a slice of insight. Starting late last...
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