Insurance

WellPoint CEO: Acquisitions of hospitals, doctors unlikely

April 24, 2013
J.K. Wall
Joe Swedish, who took the helm of the Indianapolis-based health insurer a month ago, threw cold-water Wednesday on widespread speculation that he will lead the company through a wave of buying hospitals and medical practices.
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WellPoint raises profit forecast after solid first quarter

April 24, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer easily beat Wall Street's expectations for earnings in the first quarter and revenue rose 15 percent.
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Investors await progress report from WellPoint

April 22, 2013
Associated Press
Many investors expect the health care overhaul's coverage expansions to affect WellPoint more than other insurers.
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Report: Medicaid expansion could juice economy

April 15, 2013
J.K. Wall
Proponents of a Medicaid expansion in Indiana are playing up the economic boost the state and its businesses could see from the expansion of health insurance coverage called for by President Obama’s health reform law.
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Q&A

April 15, 2013
J.K. Wall
Mike Ripley, a health care lobbyist for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, talked about the business group’s views on a proposed expansion of coverage by the Indiana Medicaid program. As it stands now, the 2013 Indiana budget bill includes a plan passed by the Senate as Senate Bill 551, which would have OK’d the Pence administration to negotiate a block grant deal with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand Medicaid coverage via a program like the Healthy Indiana Plan. When that bill was altered in the House to remove the block grant concept, the Chamber dropped its support. The altered House bill is now dead, and the original Senate plan has been added to the budget bill. Its ultimate fate is still unknown
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State Farm must pay Fishers contractor $14.5M, court rules

April 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Indiana Lawyer Staff
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed a $14.5 million award of damages against State Farm Insurance to a Fishers-based construction firm. The award is one of the largest defamation awards in U.S. history, according to the court.
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Employer health coverage on 10-year fall, study says

April 11, 2013
Bloomberg News
Indiana, Michigan and South Carolina saw the steepest declines in employer-backed coverage from 2000 to 2011, according to a study released Thursday.
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Medical finance driving major changes in health care marketplace

April 6, 2013
J.K. Wall
Brian and Emily Kahn had virtually identical physical therapy. He paid much more than she did. Why? Because of where the therapy took place.
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WellPoint execs get double-digit pay bumps while stock falls

April 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer’s board of directors approved higher compensation heading into 2012, after most of its top executives saw their pay hold steady or decline in 2011.
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Outgoing WellPoint CEO made more than $20M last year

April 2, 2013
Associated Press
The compensation paid to outgoing Wellpoint Inc. CEO Angela Braly last year rose 56 percent, even as the company's shares slid on lower enrollment in its Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans.
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WellPoint jumps after feds reverse Medicare decision

April 2, 2013
Bloomberg News
Shares of Indianapolis-based WellPoint rose along with those of other medical insurers Tuesday morning after the U.S. government reversed a decision to cut a key Medicare payment rate, offering them an increase instead.
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CNO Financial to take $57M charge in first quarter

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
The Carmel-based insurance holding company says it expects to buy back more of its shares and take a special charge tied to a recent tender offer.
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Study: Indiana individual health-claim costs to rise

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
A study by the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts shows the biggest driver of health insurance premiums will rise by more than 67 percent for Indiana residents' individual policies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
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Strong sales of retirement plans boost OneAmerica

March 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A big bet on employer-sponsored retirement plans is paying off for locally based OneAmerica Financial Partners, a company best known for its life insurance offerings.
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Geico service center to create up to 1,200 jobs in Carmel

March 18, 2013
Mason King
The insurer will invest millions to lease, renovate and equip a 109,000-square-foot customer service center at 101 W. 103rd St. It plans to begin hiring immediately, and bring up to 1,200 new jobs by 2016.
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Carmel insurer looks within to find new CEORestricted Content

March 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana Farmers Mutual picks executive vice president and legal counsel to replace long-time leader Daniel Stone.
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Feds delay decision on Indiana Medicaid plan

March 13, 2013
Associated Press
The federal government has delayed action on Indiana's proposal to expand Medicaid because the state hasn't received public comment on the proposals, but the issue could be resolved quickly with two hearings set for next week, a spokeswoman for Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday.
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Indiana crop insurance payouts for 2012 losses top $1B

March 12, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University said Tuesday that Indiana farmers received payouts for 2012 corn, soybean and wheat losses that are nearly twice as much as the previous record of $522 million in 2008.
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Baldwin to move HQ to Carmel, add 133 jobs

March 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Trucking and auto fleet insurer Baldwin & Lyons Inc. plans to move its headquarters from downtown Indianapolis to Carmel by the end of the year and hopes to add 133 jobs over the next five years, the company announced Monday afternoon.
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Indiana Senate approves Medicaid expansion

February 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted Tuesday to expand Medicaid using a state-run program, as lawmakers and Gov. Mike Pence continue negotiating how the state should cover an estimated 400,000 low-income residents.
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Pence still angling to use Healthy Indiana Plan to expand MedicaidRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Decisions by other Republican governors to support Medicaid expansion is increasing pressure on Indiana's governor to do the same.
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WellPoint shares tumble on surprising CEO hire

February 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer saw its stock tumble as much as 4.8 percent Wednesday morning after it unexpectedly named career hospital executive Joe Swedish to be its next CEO.
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CNO Financial boosts fourth-quarter profit

February 11, 2013
The Carmel-based holding company for insurance firms reported fourth-quarter 2012 net income of $101.2 million, or 41 cents a share. That was a 57 percent jump over the same quarter in 2011.
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Indiana Democrats to seek Medicaid expansion

February 8, 2013
Associated Press
Democratic leaders in the Indiana General Assembly are seeking expanded Medicaid coverage with the argument that it will lower health care costs statewide.
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Pence rules out Medicaid expansion in current form

February 6, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday that he has ruled out expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law unless Indiana gets approval to use state health savings accounts for the expansion.
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