Insurance

WellPoint says CEO search to take three to six months

September 20, 2012
Bloomberg News
WellPoint is seeking a replacement for former CEO Angela Braly, who stepped down Aug. 28 amid shareholder discontent. The company plans to hire a search firm within the next week.
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High-deductible premiums rising, too

September 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Since 2007, premiums for high-deductible health plans’ family coverage have grown 32 percent—compared with 30 percent among all health plans, according to survey data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Crop insurance losses begin to mount amid drought

September 13, 2012
Associated Press
Thousands of farmers are filing insurance claims this year after drought and triple-digit temperatures burned up crops across the nation's Corn Belt, and some experts are predicting record insurance losses — exacerbated by changes that reduced some growers' premiums.
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Average premiums for employee health plans rise 4 percent

September 11, 2012
Associated Press
Annual premiums for job-based family health insurance went up just 4 percent on average this year, but that's no comfort with the price tag approaching $16,000 and rising more than twice as fast as wages.
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WellPoint management team gets board support, CFO says

September 10, 2012
Bloomberg News
Almost two weeks after Angela Braly was forced out as WellPoint Inc. CEO, the management team she put in place has been told by the board it will stay, said Chief Financial Officer Wayne Deveydt.
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Bloomington docs still feuding with Anthem

September 10, 2012
J.K. Wall
A large physician practice in Bloomington remains at an impasse with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana less than two months before their contract is set to expire.
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'Knock on Wood' campaign boosts Farm Bureau brandRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The torrent of competitors' humorous TV commercials forced Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance to roll out its own campaign. So far, its “Knock on Wood” shtick is said to have boosted brand awareness in urban markets by 12 percent, as measured by social media chatter.
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CNO stock hits 4-year high on recapitalization strategy

September 5, 2012
Bloomberg News
Carmel-based insurer CNO Financial Group Inc. said Tuesday that it is seeking $950 million of loans and bonds to repay debt and reduce borrowing costs.
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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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