Insurers

Insurer Humana's quarterly profit climbs 13 percent

October 31, 2011
Associated Press
Humana Inc. raised its 2011 earnings forecast, following the lead set by other big insurers, including competitor WellPoint Inc.
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CNO Financial's quarterly earnings, revenue rise

October 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Carmel-based life and health insurer CNO Financial Group Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter earnings jumped nearly four times over last year's third-quarter results, but mostly because of a one-time tax-related gain.
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WellPoint competitor Cigna buying HealthSpring

October 24, 2011
Associated Press
Cigna Corp. will buy fellow health insurer HealthSpring Inc. in a $3.8 billion deal as it becomes the latest managed care company to snap up a bigger share of the fast-growing Medicare Advantage market.
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Judge stays decision in WellPoint policyholder case

September 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Former policyholders of WellPoint Inc., who won a right to a class-action trial over their claims that they were shortchanged when the company went public a decade ago, will have to put their trial plans on hold.
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WellPoint buying private health insurance exchange

September 20, 2011
Bloomberg News
The deal helps WellPoint compete for employers with the U.S. state-run marketplaces set to open in 2014 under President Obama’s health-care overhaul.
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IBM putting Watson to work in health insurance

September 12, 2011
Associated Press
IBM’s supercomputer system, best known for trouncing the world’s best “Jeopardy!” players on TV, is being tapped by one of the nation’s largest health insurers to help diagnose medical problems and authorize treatments.
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WellPoint spent $1.3M on federal lobbying in 2nd quarter

August 18, 2011
Associated Press
WellPoint lobbied on issues tied to the overhaul's implementation and regulations for accountable care organizations, which are networks of hospitals, doctors, rehabilitation centers and other providers that coordinate a patient's care.
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Five individual insurers leaving Indiana

August 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
Hartford-based Aetna Inc. and Philadelphia-based Cigna Corp., the nation’s third- and fifth-largest health insurers respectively, have announced their departure from Indiana’s individual health insurance market.
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Mother Nature again slams insurer Baldwin & Lyons

August 4, 2011
Cory Schouten
Catastrophic tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri took their toll on second quarter results for Indianapolis-based insurer Baldwin & Lyons Inc.
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Aetna latest out of Indiana individual health market

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The nation's third-largest health insurance company is the latest to leave the individual policy market in Indiana in another sign of diminishing competition.
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Health care use trend may temper premium hikes

July 27, 2011
Associated Press
Consumers may catch a little break when their health insurance policies renew. Lower-than-expected use of health care has helped push insurer earnings higher and that may temper how much they increase premiums.
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CNO Financial sees quarterly profit soar, beating expectations

July 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer earned $59.5 million in the three months ended June 30, an increase of 80 percent from the same period a year ago.
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Primary care gets a new approach: prevention

July 20, 2011
Associated Press
A budding model for primary care that encourages the family doctor to act as a health coach who focuses as much on preventing illness as on treating it has shown promising results and saved insurers millions of dollars.
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Birth control coverage required in U.S. health plan

July 19, 2011
Health insurers led by WellPoint Inc. would be required to cover birth control pills and devices at no cost to patients under the recommendation of a top U.S. scientific advisory board. .
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Court gives preliminary OK to WellPoint settlement

July 18, 2011
Associated Press
A California court has granted preliminary approval to a lawsuit settlement over an online security breach of health insurer WellPoint Inc.'s records.
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Not-for-profits vying with WellPoint may get $3.8B in loans

July 18, 2011
Bloomberg News
Not-for-profits that compete with insurers such as WellPoint Inc. are eligible for $3.8 billion in U.S. financing under the health law, and the government expects more than a third of the loans not to be repaid.
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Exchange could snag 1.1M Hoosiers

July 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
An estimated 1.1 million Hoosiers will obtain health insurance through a yet-to-be-created online exchange, according to the latest estimates from the task force guiding Indiana’s response to the 2010 health reform law.
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Outgoing CEO: After 'near-death experience,' CNO doing well

July 7, 2011
J.K. Wall
CEO Jim Prieur got more than he bargained for when he took over CNO Financial Group (then-Conseco) five years ago, but he said he's ready to step down now that the insurer is in good shape.
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WellPoint to pay $100,000 over data breach

July 5, 2011
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. will pay $100,000 and take other steps after admitting it waited months to notify 32,000 Indiana customers that their Social Security numbers, health records and other personal information might have been exposed online.
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Contractor wins $14.5M judgment against State Farm

July 1, 2011
Scott Olson
A Hamilton County jury sided with Joseph Radcliff in his lengthy legal battle with the insurer following a 2006 hailstorm that caused severe damage in central Indiana. State Farm accused Radcliff of fraud.
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Tornadoes latest catastrophe to hit insurer's books

June 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
Baldwin & Lyons Inc. expects to lose another $10 million due to worldwide catastrophes that occurred in the first half of the year, the Indianapolis-based property and casualty insurer reported Tuesday.
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WellPoint goes online to educate about ER use

June 24, 2011
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. has enlisted Google Maps for new websites that help patients think twice before they visit an emergency room for care that a less-expensive retail health clinic could handle.
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WellPoint paying almost $800M for CareMore

June 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. agreed to acquire CareMore Health Group to expand Medicare coverage in California, Arizona and Nevada. The insurer paid almost $800 million, according to people familiar with the deal.
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Hoosiers in line for $30M in rebates

May 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
Only 19 of the 63 companies writing individual health insurance policies in Indiana have been meeting the new 80-percent medical-loss threshold of the health care reform law, potentially triggering a refund for customers.
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Farm Bureau suit says Walmart TV set Hoosier's house on fire

May 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
A southern Indiana man got more than he bargained for when he bought a low-price TV from Walmart. He says the television set his house on fire.
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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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