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Two more WellPoint executives set to depart

December 3, 2010
Associated Press, J.K. Wall
Chief Actuary Cynthia Miller and Chief Strategy Officer Bradley Fluegel—both of whom were prominent during the health reform debate—are leaving the health insurance giant.
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Swing in governors could help WellPoint deal with reform

December 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
Rick Scott of Florida will get another chance next month to derail the law President Obama signed in March when he and 21 other Republican governors-elect are sworn in just as states begin implementing details of the legislation the candidates campaigned against.
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St. Francis-WellPoint deal is a sign of the timesRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
St. Francis, which operates three Indianapolis-area hospitals, and WellPoint, the giant health insurer, announced this month that they have agreed to jointly form an accountable care organization.
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Health insurance stocks rise after spending rules outlined

November 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. health insurers, including WellPoint Inc., can include the cost of federal taxes in determining whether they spend enough on patient care, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday.
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Anthem, critics face off over rate-hike request

November 17, 2010
Associated Press
Anthem, a subsidiary of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., is seeking a 19.9-percent raise for 48,000 individual policy holders in Connecticut, citing escalating health care costs.
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WellPoint boosts third-quarter profit, raises forecast

November 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer raised its full-year profit forecast by 20 cents per share, after lower-than-expected claims and lower administrative costs increased third-quarter profit by 1 percent.
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State sues WellPoint over data breach

October 30, 2010
Associated Press
The lawsuit filed Friday in Marion County accuses Indianapolis-based WellPoint of violating a state law that requires businesses to provide notification of data breaches in a timely manner.
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After disagreement, Lewis leaves WellPoint with $3.2M

October 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dijuana Lewis will get nearly $3.2 million on her way out the door at WellPoint Inc. after what sources described as a dispute with CEO Angela Braly over a change in duties.
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WellPoint dismisses highly paid subsidiary CEO

October 25, 2010
Associated Press
Last year, Dijuana Lewis earned a $650,000 salary as one of the insurer's highest paid executives and received a $200,000 bonus in part for helping to lead the sale of the NextRx subsidiary to Express Scripts Inc. for about $4.68 billion.
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WellPoint, Aetna led U.S. insurers in coverage denial

October 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Until all consumers are required to buy health insurance, coverage restrictions are needed to keep people from gaming the system, insurers say.
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WellPoint, other insurers' stock buybacks concern investors

October 12, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and competing U.S. health insurers approved $10 billion in stock repurchases in the past year, a concern to investors who say buybacks failed to increase share prices and who want more spent on dividends.
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Insurers cautious on accountable care

October 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Health insurers, including locally based WellPoint Inc. and Advantage Health Solutions, have been looking to work with health care providers to form accountable-care organizations. But they also worry that the accountable-care concept will become nothing more than a negotiating tactic by hospitals and doctors.
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Rules mostly falling WellPoint's way

September 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
Health insurers won fairly broad leeway under key rules suggested by state insurance commissioners that will govern what kinds of expenses count toward meeting a new federal threshold to spend at least 80 percent of premiums dollars on medical care.
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Health overhaul's $264M question weighs down WellPoint

September 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
The failure by state regulators to decide how much insurers must spend on patient care is scaring investors from health-plan stocks and complicating insurance company decisions.
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WellPoint gets $87M Medicare contract renewal

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
The company said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services renewed its durable medical equipment administrative contract for a region that covers Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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Barron's: Brighter days ahead for WellPoint

September 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
It’s been a tough year for major health insurers, but Barron’s magazine predicts a big comeback for Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and its rival UnitedHealth Group.
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Health insurer cash shifts to favor Republicans before election

August 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
Health insurers led by WellPoint Inc. are backing Republicans with campaign donations by an 8-to-1 margin, favoring the party that's promised to repeal President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul if it wins back Congress.
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California OKs Anthem rate hike after controversy

August 25, 2010
Associated Press
The California Department of Insurance said Wednesday it approved a rate increase averaging about 14 percent for Anthem Blue Cross customers. The department also OK'd a nearly 19-percent increase for Blue Shield of California.
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WellPoint boosts debt offering to $1 billion

August 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Proceeds from the sale will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes, including debt repayment, the company said in a prospectus.
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WellPoint, peers focus on health reform rules, campaign

August 3, 2010
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and three other health insurers, criticized by Democrats during the health care reform debate, are seeking to influence how the new law will be implemented, and possibly change it, by campaigning for supportive congressional candidates.
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Investors fear insurers' rosy outlook will boost regulators' scrutiny

July 29, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. became the third U.S. health insurer this month to increase its 2010 profit forecast, stirring investor concern that state and federal regulators may increase scrutiny of industry pricing.
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WellPoint gains confidence as profits rise

July 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer raised its full-year profit forecast after it earned $722.4 million, 4 percent higher than during the same quarter a year ago. Revenue and health plan membership fell.
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PROXY CORNER: WellPoint Inc.

July 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
WellPoint Inc. is one of the nation's largest health insurance companies and sells its products primarily under the Blue Cross Blue Shield brand name.
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Health care reform means changes for Indiana employersRestricted Content

July 17, 2010
Norm Heikens, Scott Olson, J.K. Wall
Nearly four months after President Barack Obama signed a health reform bill into law, businesses are still grappling with its impact on the health benefits they offer their employees.
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WellPoint strikes up chat on health reform

July 14, 2010
J.K. Wall

WellPoint Inc. is turning from opponent of the health care reform law passed in March to “trusted adviser.” It launched a website, healthychat.com, where company representatives answer customers’ questions about the new health reform law.

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