Insurers

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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St. Vincent, Community team up, forming colossusRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Three area hospital groups—St. Vincent Health, Community Health Network and Suburban Health Organization—have agreed to join forces to manage patients’ health and strike new kinds of contracts with employers and health insurers.
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Wellpoint raises $1.35B in first convertible offering since '99

October 3, 2012
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. sold its first convertible securities in more than 13 years with a $1.35 billion offering of 30-year bonds.
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Amerigroup delays vote on $4.9B WellPoint acquisition

October 3, 2012
Bloomberg News
Amerigroup Corp. officials agreed to delay a shareholder vote on WellPoint Inc.’s $4.9 billion buyout offer to resolve investors’ claims they were being shortchanged in the deal, the company said in a securities filing.
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WellPoint to add 100-plus local jobs for new Medicare contract

October 2, 2012
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.’s National Government Services unit will add more than 100 jobs in Indianapolis beginning late this year or early next after the health insurance giant won a new contract with the federal Medicare program.
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WellPoint hires Chicago-based search firm to find CEO

September 25, 2012
Bloomberg News
Chicago-based recruiting firm Spencer Stuart & Associates Ltd. has previously led executive and board director hunts for companies including Facebook Inc., Comcast Corp., Talbots Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.
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OneAmerica unit using hybrid policies to grow long-term-care salesRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Using banks as a sales channel also boosts business in what has been a languishing product segment.
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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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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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Rival's strong results have WellPoint playing catch-up

August 25, 2012
J.K. Wall
UnitedHealth has been enjoying healthy profits, growing customer rolls and a rising stock price—things the Indianapolis insurer has been unable to match. That tough comparison lies behind some of the investor attacks on WellPoint CEO Angela Braly.
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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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WellPoint dragged into Goldman Sachs suit

August 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.’s $4.9 billion offer for Virginia-based Amerigroup Inc. apparently wasn’t the only—or even the most lucrative—offer for the Medicaid managed care company. But it was the deal surest to come to fruition before a key deadline for a big payout for Goldman Sachs & Co., according to a shareholder lawsuit filed Aug. 16 against the Amerigroup board of directors.
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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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