Insurers

WellPoint CEO: Insurer preparing for technology wave

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
In a wide-ranging interview, WellPoint Inc. CEO Joseph Swedish says adapting to technology is a top priority as he leads the nation's second largest health insurer.
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Obamacare generates windfall for insurersRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
Obamacare’s tax credits are pumping nearly $400 million into the coffers of health insurers in Indiana this year, according to data released by the federal government and the insurance companies.
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CNO upgraded by S&P after divesting insurance unit

July 2, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
CNO Financial Group Inc. was upgraded by Standard & Poor’s after the Carmel-based company completed the sale of a life insurance unit that was no longer issuing policies.
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OneAmerica acquires California retirement business

June 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. announced Wednesday that it will acquire a San Diego-based retirement business, gaining access to another large market.
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Cost-control plan for health care could cost more patients

May 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for a new cost-control strategy called "reference pricing." It lets insurers and employers put a dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures.
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Insurers say most Obamacare enrollees paying premiums

May 6, 2014
Bloomberg News
Three large health insurers including Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and Aetna Inc. say that a high percentage of their new Obamacare customers are paying their first premiums, partly undermining a Republican criticism of enrollment in the program.
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CNO takes big earnings hit to dispose of old business

April 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Excluding the cost of finally shedding a block of business from predecessor Conseco Inc., CNO's operations were on the upswing in the first quarter.
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Late sign-ups boost numbers, improve Obamacare outlook

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
Still to be announced is what share of those 8 million enrollees were previously uninsured, and how many actually secured coverage by paying their first month's premiums.
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Indiana insurers must make best guesses on 2015 price hikes

April 10, 2014
J.K. Wall
Health insurers such as WellPoint Inc. that plan to hike prices on their Obamacare policies more than 10 percent in 2015 will have a much harder time than usual making their case to regulators.
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Big health care insurers bulk up executive pay

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
WellPoint CEO Joe Swedish wasn't the only health insurance exec making big bucks last year. Aetna Inc. Chairman and CEO Mark T. Bertolini saw his total compensation more than double, to top $30 million.
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WellPoint CEO lands nearly $17M in first year

April 2, 2014
J.K. Wall
Compensation for Joe Swedish included $4.1 million in perks, such as $3.8 million he would have received in his previous job, $79,000 in relocation expenses, and $82,000 for his legal fees from contract negotiations.
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CNO Financial casts out former Conseco demonsRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Chris O'Malley
It was an exorcism of CNO’s legacy Conseco business recently that’s really put the proverbial color back in the faces of management and investors.
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WellPoint sees double-digit rate rise for Obamacare in 2015

March 25, 2014
Bloomberg News
Two months before health insurers must submit rate proposals for 2015 to government regulators, WellPoint Inc. fired a surprising shot across their bow.
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WellPoint shares top $100 on bullish 5-year forecast

March 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
The health insurer predicted growth in government-funded health insurance programs would push revenue above $100 billion by 2018. That prompted investors to push WellPoint stock above $100 per share—an all-time high for the company.
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Indiana braces for flood insurance subsidy changes

March 24, 2014
Associated Press
Thousands of Indiana homeowners who live in flood-prone neighborhoods are bracing for insurance premium increases, despite Congress' latest fix for the government's debt-saddled flood insurance program.
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Obamacare shuffles market share in some states, report finds

March 18, 2014
Bloomberg News
A snapshot of Obamacare enrollment in seven states suggests the law hasn't significantly increased competition, but it has shuffled market share for some insurers, including Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.
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WellPoint getting unexpected competition from co-ops

March 13, 2014
Bloomberg News
Obamacare opponents predicted early on that insurance co-ops created by the law would fail, but several are doing well by combining low premiums with a certain homespun appeal.
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Companies, including WellPoint, use buybacks to boost stock

March 11, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Companies have been spending big on buybacks since the 1990s. What's new is the way buybacks have exaggerated the health of many companies.
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WellPoint dismisses former interim-CEO Cannon

February 21, 2014
J.K. Wall
John Cannon, the man credited with righting the ship at WellPoint Inc., was terminated without cause this week, the company disclosed in a securities filing Friday morning.
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Consumers shun cheapest Obamacare exchange plans

February 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
Most Americans are avoiding the lowest-priced health plans on the Obamacare insurance exchanges, taking advantage of government subsidies to seek more protection against high treatment costs.
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CNO sees higher profit, revenue in fourth quarter

February 11, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Carmel-based insurance company reported profit of $106 million, up from $101.2 million in the same quarter of 2012.
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IU Health, UnitedHealthcare reach end to contract dispute

February 6, 2014
J.K. Wall
The new two-year agreement gives UnitedHealthcare discounted rates retroactive to Jan. 1. Such discounts, which insurers negotiate with hospital systems, reduce prices 30 percent or more.
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Molendorp retiring as OneAmerica's CEO

January 20, 2014
J. Scott Davison, who was named president of OneAmerica in August, will become president and CEO on April 1.
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Obamacare small-biz plan lags as employers stand pat

January 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Greeted by higher premiums, less generous coverage and more paperwork, small businesses are choosing to renew existing health plans rather than buy them through President Barack Obama’s program.
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WellPoint raises its 2013 profit forecast

January 14, 2014
The new forecast roughly matches what Wall Street analysts were already expecting. WellPoint will reveal its actual 2013 financial results on Jan. 29.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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