WellPoint

WellPoint to unload 1-800-Contacts unit

January 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
Financial terms of the sale to Boston-based private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners LP weren't disclosed. WellPoint paid a reported $900 million to buy the company in June 2012.
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NEWSMAKERS: Joe Swedish

December 28, 2013
J.K. Wall
When Joe Swedish was named the next CEO of WellPoint Inc., investors frowned. At first.
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Feds extend Obamacare deadline as customers rush site

December 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
The deadline to enroll in plans that begin Jan. 1 now is midnight Tuesday for most of the U.S. On Monday, healthcare.gov fielded nearly 50,000 simultaneous visitors, triggering a queuing system.
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Analyst: WellPoint will lose money on Obamacare in 2014

December 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Small business dumping, the uncertainty of Obamacare's exchanges, and the certainty of Obamacare's taxes will take a bite out of WellPoint's earnings next year. But company executives remain bullish on Obamacare's long-term impact.
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Insurers give Obamacare enrollees more time for payments

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Consumers who enroll in health plans through the new U.S. exchanges will get 10 extra days to pay their first premiums and still gain coverage effective Jan. 1, an insurance company trade group said Wednesday.
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Anthem, insurance trust create Obamacare alternative

December 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has teamed up with the Indiana Manufacturers Association to give small manufacturers an option to side-step one of Obamacare’s new community rating restrictions.
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UnitedHealthcare pulls back from niche

November 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Come January, UnitedHealthcare, the second-largest health insurer in Indiana, will have no major-medical policies to sell to individual Hoosier customers.
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Obamacare has many health care insurers worried

November 14, 2013
Bloomberg News
The messy rollout of the insurance exchanges has made it hard for carriers to figure out what business will be like in 2014.
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‘Zero-premium’ insurance could leave hospitals hurtingRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
So-called “zero-premium plans” are priced in such a way that their premiums would be no greater than the federal tax subsidies that low-income buyers could claim.
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Insurers brainstorm with Obama staff on health exchange fix

October 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
The heads of WellPoint Inc., Aetna Inc. and at least 10 other insurers met with the Obama administration Wednesday to discuss correcting flaws in how data from the U.S. health-care marketplaces is transferred to the companies.
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Insurer CEOs head to White House to talk Obamacare troubles

October 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
Health insurance execs, including WellPoint Inc. CEO Joseph Swedish, will meet with top White House officials Wednesday as the president seeks to contain political damage from the disastrous rollout of Obamacare.
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WellPoint's profit drops, but whips expectations

October 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
The giant health insurer raised its full-year profit forecast 40 cents per share, emboldened by stabilized customer rolls and slowing medical claims.
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Anthem rolls out new bonus system for docsRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer expects to pay, on average, $3.50 per month for every patient enrolled in one of Anthem’s commercial health plans.
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WellPoint adds consulting executives to board

September 17, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based insurer said Tuesday that John Short and Elizabeth Tallett will join its 11-member board Wednesday and Oct. 1, respectively.
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Analyst foresees managed care growth in 2014

September 16, 2013
Associated Press
Major health insurers like WellPoint Inc. are in line for another year of growth, as the health care overhaul implements key elements in its push to cover millions of uninsured people.
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Anthem to omit some big hospitals from exchange networkRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Most of Indianapolis’ major hospitals and physician practices will not be available through Anthem’s exchange plan, but instead will be working with a health plan run by Indianapolis-based MDwise Inc.
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Analysis: Obamacare exchanges will push Anthem's premiums lower

September 9, 2013
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana expects the average premiums it charges on the health insurance exchanges being created by Obamacare to be about $60 per year less for each of its health plan members than they would have been without the law.
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Healthx using IT to connect insurers to their customersRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
J.K. Wall

Health insurance has long been a business-to-business endeavor between insurers, employers, hospitals and doctors. Patients received benefits, but they weren’t really customers. That’s all about to change.

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Blue Cross reaches out over insurance law changes

August 12, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based WellPoint and other Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans are among the health insurers most aggressive in reaching out to build consumer trust and capture spending on policies.
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WellPoint sees small-biz plans slip ahead of Obamacare

July 24, 2013
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc., the second-biggest U.S. health insurer, said more small employers are scaling back benefits this year, a potential hedge against higher costs expected under the U.S. health-care law.
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WellPoint expects Obamacare to boost revenue to $90B by 2016

July 24, 2013
J.K. Wall
Health care reform, long perceived as a huge threat to WellPoint Inc., is now being embraced by the insurer as a huge growth opportunity.
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WellPoint raises forecast after profit surges

July 24, 2013
J.K. Wall
Business continued to improve at WellPoint Inc. in the second quarter, helping the health insurer beat Wall Street’s expectations and raise its profit forecast for the year.
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WellPoint rolls out program with cost ceilings for procedures

July 15, 2013
J.K. Wall
Under so-called reference-based benefits, insured patients would have to pay the difference between procedure prices and maximums set by their employers. Several Indiana companies are considering using the tactic.
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WellPoint will pay $1.7M in online privacy inquiry

July 12, 2013
Associated Press
The agency said that between Oct. 23, 2009 and March 7, 2010, security weaknesses in a WellPoint online application database left the information of 612,402 people accessible to unauthorized users.
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WellPoint cap program saves Calpers big money

June 24, 2013
Bloomberg News
The nation’s largest pension fund worked with the Indianapolis-based health insurer to cut medical costs 19 percent by capping the price of some surgeries, in the latest sign payers are taking a tougher line against rising hospital claims.
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