Health Care & Insurance

Pence continues to seek repeal of medical device tax

March 31, 2014
 The Statehouse File
A number of Indiana lawmakers – including both of the state’s U.S. senators – have advocated for the elimination of the tax, in part because the state is home to several key medical device manufacturers.
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Obamacare sign-ups on track to hit 7 million, sources say

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The 7 million target, thought to be out of reach by most experts, was in sight on a day that saw surging consumer interest as well as vexing computer glitches.
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Deadline brings crush of Indiana health coverage applicants

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The last-minute flood of applicants in Indiana mirrored national trends as people sought to at least start the process Monday.
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IU Health suffers small decline in 2013 profit

March 31, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health’s business deteriorated last year in nearly every area. But price hikes and a surge in outpatient visits to Indianapolis-area facilities mostly offset those problems.
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CNO Financial casts out former Conseco demonsRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Chris O'Malley
It was an exorcism of CNO’s legacy Conseco business recently that’s really put the proverbial color back in the faces of management and investors.
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Cancer treatment makes Endocyte premium takeover target

March 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
Now that Indiana-based Endocyte Inc.’s experimental cancer treatment is proving successful, the company may command a takeover bid at one of the industry’s highest premiums on record.
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Would-be Lilly competitor's inhaled insulin tied to lung concerns

March 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
Afrezza, a powdered insulin used through an inhaler, would be the MannKind Corp.'s first marketed product. The treatment would compete against Lilly's Humalog. An FDA report tied the drug to a decline in lung function.
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Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

March 27, 2014
Associated Press
Like much else about Obama's health care law, the milestone comes with a caveat: The administration has yet to announce how many consumers actually closed the deal by paying their first month's premium.
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Feds grant extra time to enroll for Obamacare

March 26, 2014
Associated Press
People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.
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Youth tanning measure signed into law by Pence

March 25, 2014
Associated Press
Minors under 16 no longer can hop into a tanning bed at Indiana salons, even with parental supervision.
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WellPoint sees double-digit rate rise for Obamacare in 2015

March 25, 2014
Bloomberg News
Two months before health insurers must submit rate proposals for 2015 to government regulators, WellPoint Inc. fired a surprising shot across their bow.
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WellPoint shares top $100 on bullish 5-year forecast

March 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
The health insurer predicted growth in government-funded health insurance programs would push revenue above $100 billion by 2018. That prompted investors to push WellPoint stock above $100 per share—an all-time high for the company.
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Lilly CEO got 10-percent pay boost last year

March 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Lilly CEO John Lechleiter was paid $11.2 million in salary, bonus, stock and perks last year, according to Lilly's proxy statement filed Monday morning. That represented a 10-percent increase over his take in 2012.
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Indiana braces for flood insurance subsidy changes

March 24, 2014
Associated Press
Thousands of Indiana homeowners who live in flood-prone neighborhoods are bracing for insurance premium increases, despite Congress' latest fix for the government's debt-saddled flood insurance program.
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Bold developer stirs up nursing-home businessRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Zeke Turner, the 36-year-old CEO of Mainstreet Property Group LLC—who frequently sports a boyish grin and a bold-colored dress shirt, but rarely dons a tie—said he’s “just getting started” in transforming the staid nursing home industry.
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Endocyte stock doubles after key approval in Europe

March 21, 2014
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
The stock price of Endocyte Inc. skyrocketed by as much as 130 percent Friday morning after the drug company got a thumbs up in Europe to market its first drug and received a new round of favorable clinical trial results.
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Lilly diabetes drug wins backing from EU regulator

March 21, 2014
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Lilly is expected to garner $518 million in annual sales from Jardiance by 2019, according to the average of five analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
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WellPoint raises 2014 earnings forecast

March 21, 2014
Associated Press
WellPoint is already raising a 2014 earnings forecast it laid out earlier this year, but the nation's second-largest health insurer's projections are still below analyst expectations.
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Discovery may be key to Alzheimer's treatment

March 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
Scientists have discovered that a gene-regulating protein that protects the developing brain of a fetus resurfaces in old age and may stave off dementia, a finding that could open a new path in Alzheimer’s research.
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Obamacare shuffles market share in some states, report finds

March 18, 2014
Bloomberg News
A snapshot of Obamacare enrollment in seven states suggests the law hasn't significantly increased competition, but it has shuffled market share for some insurers, including Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.
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Hurdles remain for Roche Diagnostics on HPV test

March 17, 2014
J.K. Wall
Roche could enjoy a huge increase in sales of its HPV tests if all doctors and women followed a recommendation issued last week by an advisory committee at the FDA. But wrinkles in the U.S. health care system still present several big obstacles.
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WellPoint getting unexpected competition from co-ops

March 13, 2014
Bloomberg News
Obamacare opponents predicted early on that insurance co-ops created by the law would fail, but several are doing well by combining low premiums with a certain homespun appeal.
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Lawmakers getting closer on nursing home moratorium

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
House Public Health Chairman Ed Clere said Tuesday that negotiators had found a compromise that would ban new construction for two years except in counties whose nursing homes are at 90-percent capacity or higher.
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Federal insurance enrollment up 36 percent in Indiana

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
Nearly 65,000 Indiana residents have signed up for private insurance under the federal health care law, but the number is still far short of initial projections as the open enrollment deadline nears.
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Companies, including WellPoint, use buybacks to boost stock

March 11, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Companies have been spending big on buybacks since the 1990s. What's new is the way buybacks have exaggerated the health of many companies.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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