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Studies: Employers could save with Medicaid expansion

March 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
The debate over expanding Medicaid in Indiana so far has hinged on how much it will cost. But two recent studies suggest Hoosier employers should be focused on how much a Medicaid expansion will save them: perhaps as much as $400 million per year.
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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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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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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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Baldwin & Lyons reports lower quarterly, annual profit

January 31, 2013
The Indianapolis-based transportation industry insurer attributed the lower earnings to smaller investment gains. Excluding investments, quarterly profit increased due to fewer storm losses.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Deal provides peek at Anthem's narrow networks

November 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
A new agreement in Wisconsin provides a glimpse of the kind of “narrow network” arrangements that Indianapolis-based Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield might attempt in Indiana.
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Baldwin & Lyons profits rise on fewer storm losses

November 1, 2012
Indianapolis-based Baldwin & Lyons Inc. continues to improve on its 2011 results, recording after-tax profit of $11.7 million, or 78 cents a share, for the third quarter.
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CNO Financial earnings fall on recapitalization charge

October 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based CNO Financial Group on Monday reported a third-quarter loss of $5 million compared to a $179.5 million profit in the third quarter of 2011.
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Amerigroup shareholders approve $4.9B sale to WellPoint

October 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Shareholders of Amerigroup Corp. overwhelming approved the Virginia company’s sale for $4.9 billion to Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint Inc. in a vote on Tuesday. The vote clears the way for the acquisition to close before the end of the year.
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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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