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WellPoint plans debt offerings to fund Amerigroup acquisition

September 5, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., the second-biggest U.S. health insurer, is planning a four-part debt offering to help fund its $4.9 billion acquisition of Amerigroup Corp, the insurer said Wednesday.
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Departing CEO Braly due to get $15M exit package

August 29, 2012
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc. is expected to give about $15 million in cash, stock and benefits to former CEO Angela Braly on her way out the door, based on the terms of a separation agreement filed by the company Wednesday morning. And the payout could be even more lucrative based on the company's future stock price.
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WellPoint launches search for new CEO after Braly resignation

August 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Investors are looking for a CEO who can right the Indianapolis-based company’s financial performance and integrate WellPoint’s recent deals to buy Medicaid insurer Amerigroup Corp. and vision company 1-800-Contacts Inc.
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Braly's departure occurred sooner than many expected

August 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Even though CEO Angela Braly was facing withering criticism, analysts thought WellPoint would be reluctant to change CEOs while its $4.9 billion acquisition of Amerigroup Corp. was pending.
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Cutting bills fuels growth of Health Systems InternationalRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
J.K. Wall
Health Systems is on pace this year for nearly $50 million in revenue, up from $42 million last year and just $4.5 million eight years ago. The Indianapolis company processes claims for health insurers when patients receive out-of-network care.
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WellPoint CEO's critics suggesting replacements

August 24, 2012
Bloomberg News
Another plea for the ouster of WellPoint CEO Angela Braly is spurring discussions among investors and analysts about a replacement. Top suggestions include James G. Carlson, the chief of Amerigroup Corp., and David B. Snow Jr., the former chief of Medco Health Solutions Inc.
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Big WellPoint investor Royal Capital calls for CEO's ouster

August 23, 2012
Bloomberg News
Royal Capital Management LLC is calling for the ouster of WellPoint Inc. CEO Angela Braly in a letter to the health insurer, saying she has "failed miserably."
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Mayor signs off on domestic-partner ordinance

August 23, 2012
The ordinance covering city employees offers insurance coverage to both same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples. The mayor also signed the "Complete Streets" proposal.
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WellPoint competitor Aetna to buy Coventry for $5.6B

August 20, 2012
Bloomberg News
Aetna joins rivals WellPoint Inc. and Cigna Corp. in making big acquisitions as the U.S. government expands medical coverage.
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Truck fleet insurer's move to diversify gains tractionRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Sales of professional liability products are still a small part of total revenue but could reach $50 million by the end of 2013.
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WellPoint least popular insurer in poll of hospital execs

August 15, 2012
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc., the health insurer that’s lost 19 percent of its market value over two months, is the least popular carrier among hospital executives who have to negotiate with them, an industry survey shows.
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WellPoint board member says Braly still backed as CEO

August 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
A WellPoint Inc. director said there’s no move by the board to fire CEO Angela Braly for poor performance. Meanwhile, an expert predicted Braly will have at least until early 2013 to right the ship as the company awaits the close of the $4.9 billion Amerigroup acquisition.
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WellPoint CEO faces ire of investors who say she must go

August 10, 2012
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc.’s Angela Braly is facing tough questions about her performance after the Indianapolis-based health insurer reported disappointing earnings last month and cut its 2012 forecast. Investors say Braly is the problem and some are calling for her ouster.
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Governors aside, feds building health care exchanges

August 7, 2012
Associated Press
The feds may be gaining on GOP governors who've balked at carrying out a key part of the health care overhaul law. Opponents of the law say they won't set up new private health insurance exchanges. But increasingly it's looking like Washington will do it for them.
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Baldwin & Lyons sees quarterly profit on fewer disasters

August 2, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Baldwin & Lyons Inc. on Thursday reported a profitable second quarter, a year after a series of major natural catastrophes caused a big loss for the transportation industry insurer.
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Employee benefits firm plans Indianapolis expansion

July 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Apex Benefits Group plans to invest $1 million and add 25 jobs paying an average of $44 an hour.
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Health insurers' anti-fraud bid seeks to ease profit-limit rule

July 27, 2012
Bloomberg News
The Obama administration Thursday announced a partnership with the industry in which WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and other insurers may try to share more billing data with the government to root out fraud.
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CEO Braly gets WellPoint board backing after cutting forecast

July 26, 2012
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc.'s board, reacting to criticism after the health insurer cut its profit forecast on Wednesday, said the management team led by CEO Angela Braly has its full support.
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WellPoint shares sink after profit misses analyst estimates

July 25, 2012
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. stock fell more than 12 percent Wednesday after the insurer's quarterly earnings missed analyst estimates and it trimmed its full-year forecast.
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CNO Financial reports big earnings gain on higher sales

July 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Earnings at Carmel-based CNO Financial Group Inc. jumped 42 percent in the second quarter on higher sales of its insurance products, the company announced Wednesday afternoon.
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Committee passes domestic partner benefits proposal

July 25, 2012
The plan to offer health-care benefits to domestic partners of Indianapolis city workers passed a City-County Council committee by a 7-0 vote on Tuesday. The full council could consider the measure as early as Aug. 13.
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WellPoint using deals to prep for new era in insuranceRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
The buying spree is back on at WellPoint Inc., with a twist. A decade ago, the insurer consolidated Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans that catered to employers. Today, it is making deals to grow the non-employer part of its business.
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WellPoint agrees to pay for 3 children to get gene test

July 12, 2012
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. said it will pay for DNA testing for three children to see if they have an inherited heart disease their father suffers from that often strikes without warning, reversing an earlier decision to deny coverage.
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WellPoint shares jump after $4.9B deal for Amerigroup

July 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
Investors and analysts like the fact that WellPoint is playing more aggressively in government-sponsored health plans, such as Medicaid and Medicare, which are projected to be the key sectors for growth for the next several years.
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WellPoint buying managed care firm for $4.9B

July 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis health insurer is buying Virginia-based Amerigroup Corp. to expand in managed care for poor and elderly patients in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
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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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