Insurance

Shepherd Insurance agency goes on buying spree

January 21, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Carmel insurance agency acquired three separate companies in a flurry of activity at the end of the year that will add 17 people to its staff.
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New tool could drive down employers' health care costsRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
J.K. Wall
Ten of Indiana’s largest employers—including the state of Indiana; Cummins Inc.; CNO Financial Group Inc.; Indiana, Purdue and Butler universities; and Indiana University Health—think they have hit upon a solution.
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Health insurance changes daunting for Indiana employersRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Scott Olson
A portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring companies in 2014 to begin offering health insurance to more workers is causing a lot of anxiety.
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Insurers may prove choosy with overhaul exchanges

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
The leader of the nation's largest health insurer warned Thursday not to assume widespread participation from his company in part of health care overhaul's coverage expansion that unfolds later this year.
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Indiana Democrats pushing for more health care action

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
Democratic lawmakers pushed Wednesday for Indiana to take steps toward implementing the federal health care overhaul that Republicans who control state government have so far rejected.
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Amerigroup chief emerges as a frontrunner for WellPoint job

January 15, 2013
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. is still considering former Amerigroup Corp. CEO James Carlson among several finalists to become CEO. Statements and filings this month have fueled speculation among analysts and shareholders that Carlson has vaulted ahead of other prospects.
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Tobias Insurance agency merges with Florida firm

January 10, 2013
Tobias Insurance, the Indianapolis area's eighth-largest independent insurance brokerage, is now part of Florida-based AssuredPartners. Tobias will retain its name, employees and leadership.
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WellPoint draws criticism for California rate increase

January 9, 2013
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc.’s plan to raise the rates for small employers in California was criticized as unreasonable by the state insurance commissioner, who said customers are being charged this year to cover U.S. health-law fees that won’t begin until 2014.
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WellPoint says earnings could slightly exceed expectations

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
WellPoint Inc. said Tuesday that it expects 2012 earnings at the high end or slightly above a range that the health insurer reaffirmed last month.
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CNO's Bonach has insurance firm back on offenseRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Chris O'Malley
CNO Financial Group’s stock price has nearly doubled since Ed Bonach took the helm in October 2011. Some analysts that follow the successor to Conseco Inc., which a decade ago was the nation’s third-largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, now regard CNO as an attractive value play.
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Stock buyback continues at CNORestricted Content

January 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Carmel-based owner of Bankers Life and other insurance companies has seen its stock rise as it restructures debt.
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Fort Wayne church insurer plans to add 102 jobs

December 27, 2012
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. expects to hire the employees by 2016 as part of a $15 million expansion that includes building a 54,395-square-foot facility at its headquarters.
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State expects to extend Healthy Indiana Plan a year

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services agreed to a waiver that would allow the state to continue the program unchanged for a year.
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Actuarial firm plans expansion at Indy office

December 14, 2012
Milliman Inc. said it will add 26 jobs by 2017 and invest $2 million to install additional information technology equipment at its office in downtown's Chase Tower.
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WellPoint reaffirms 2012 earnings forecast

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
WellPoint Inc. is sticking with a 2012 earnings forecast that it had cut in July, and the nation's second-largest health insurer said it expects next year's earnings to be on par with this year's performance.
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Illinois company to hire 50 in Indy for Medicaid drug contract

December 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
Catamaran Corp. will add 50 jobs in Indianapolis over the next year to help it provide pharmacy-benefit-management services to the Indiana Medicaid program. The Illinois-based company will open an office downtown Tuesday to kick off its six-year, $60 million contract with the state.
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Feds clear WellPoint's $4.5B acquisition of Amerigroup

November 28, 2012
Associated Press
The government has dropped its antitrust concerns about health insurer WellPoint Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Amerigroup Corp., the Justice Department said Wednesday, clearing WellPoint to proceed with the $4.46 billion deal.
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Insurance software firm cutting 23 local jobs

November 28, 2012
Washington-based Vertafore Inc., a developer of insurance software, said it will begin layoffs at its Indianapolis office Jan. 31.
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SCHAFIR: Businesses face tough decisions over health careRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Harlan Schafir / Special to IBJ
Now that the election is over, it seems clearer that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will likely move forward. The question is whether business owners will be able to steer their employees to state exchanges and wash their hands of health care coverage.
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Insurance customer lawsuits dog CNORestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Chris O'Malley
CNO Financial Group appears to have wrapped its arms around the cost of settling a trio of consumer lawsuits involving life insurance rate hikes, but it’s not out of the woods yet.
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Analyst: WellPoint CEO search down to two

November 19, 2012
J.K. Wall
According to one Wall Street analyst, the search for a new CEO for Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint Inc. is down to two candidates: former Aetna Inc. CEO Ron Williams and Amerigroup Corp. CEO Jim Carlson.
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Pence solidifies opposition to state exchange

November 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence closed the door on a state-run health insurance exchange Thursday, arguing that the estimated $50 million cost of the state program was not worth the limited autonomy granted in return.
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Pence not ruling out health partnership with feds

November 14, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has ruled out building a state-run health insurance exchange but appears to be leaving open the option of running a joint venture with the federal government as a critical decision deadline draws near.
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Small biz exposure clouds WellPoint's future

November 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
WellPoint’s average small-employer client has just 8.5 lives covered on its health plan. And firms of that size are far more likely to use the new health insurance exchanges, said WellPoint Chief Financial Officer Wayne DeVeydt.
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Health insurance stocks flop after Obama wins second term

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
Health insurance stocks sank deeper than the broader market Wednesday after President Barack Obama's re-election helped clarify the future of his health care overhaul, a sweeping law that some investors fear will pinch profits.
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