Insurers

Hilbert mansion to be auctioned

July 14, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
CNO Financial Group Inc. will resort to a sealed-bid auction to unload the lavish Hilbert mansion in Carmel, which has been on the market for five years. Its latest asking price was $9.9 million.
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Connecticut to probe WellPoint security breach

July 2, 2010
Bloomberg News
Attorney general seeks more details on the breach, which may have compromised financial and health information on almost 500,000 people. He also calls on the Indianapolis-based insurer to provide affected customers with credit monitoring and theft protection services.
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Buffett bails on WellPoint

May 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Influential investor sold off all 1.3 million shares in the Indianapolis-based health insurer during the first quarter.
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WellPoint meeting ends abruptly as Bush collapses

May 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Board member William "Bucky" Bush, uncle of former President George W. Bush, appeared OK after a shortened meeting in which shareholders approved a "say-on-pay" proposal. Protesters gathered outside WellPoint's headquarters after the meeting.
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Renamed Conseco OK with less-flashy futureRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
CNO Financial Group Inc., known as Conseco Inc. until May 11, has become almost the polar opposite of what it was under flashy co-founder Steve Hilbert. Instead of high-octane growth driven by merger deals, CNO Financial has returned to profitability by selling low-dollar products and emphasizing low-cost operations.
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Shareholders overwhelmingly OK Conseco name change

May 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based life and health insurer is now CNO Financial Group Inc. to reflect what company officers call a "transformation" of the once-troubled firm.
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WellPoint, others may need relief from law's spending mandate

May 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
The health law passed by Congress in March will force insurers like WellPoint to give rebates to customers next year if the companies don't meet the medical-spending minimums.
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Anthem Blue Cross withdraws big California rate hike

April 29, 2010
Associated Press
Anthem Blue Cross withdrew plans to raise health insurance rates for Californians by as much as 39 percent after an independent audit determined the company's justification for raising premiums was based on flawed data.
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Earthquake shakes Baldwin's first-quarter profit

April 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
The February earthquake in Chile sent first-quarter profit tumbling 90 percent at Indianapolis-based property and casualty insurer Baldwin & Lyons Inc.
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WellPoint gets lashing from Sebelius, again

April 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based health insurer trades jabs with U.S. health secretary after Reuters story claims insurer deliberately cancels coverage for breast cancer patients.
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Medicare Advantage may survive cuts under health reform

April 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The two largest U.S. health insurance companies, UnitedHealth, based in Minnetonka, Minn., and WellPoint Inc., based in Indianapolis, sell Advantage plans.
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Democrats want government approval of health premiums

April 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
Insurers like WellPoint Inc. should be required to get U.S. approval to increase premiums, Sens. Diane Feinstein and Tom Harkin say.
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Q&A: Jim Parker

April 14, 2010
J.K. Wall
Jim Parker was an executive at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and WellPoint for 14 years, including a year and a half as chief of staff to CEO Angela Braly. He now is president of his own consulting firm, Meridian Strategic Advisors, in Indianapolis. He spoke about the impact of the new health reform law on health insurers.
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Members: Anthem health plans subpar

April 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana fell slightly below average for customer satisfaction among scores of health plans, according to a new survey by California-based J.D. Power & Associates.
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Shareholder group wants WellPoint to become not-for-profit

April 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Proposal at annual meeting will ask health insurer to study feasibility of converting to not-for-profit status.
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Conseco cuts 20 jobs at Carmel headquarters

March 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
Conseco Inc. moved some of its customer-service work to India, prompting the local job reductions.
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CEO: Conseco's name no longer says insurance

March 25, 2010
J.K. Wall
Conseco Inc. CEO Jim Prieur says it's time to change the company's 27-year-old name partly because it's become better associated with a sports facility than with the insurer's products.
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Conseco seeking to change its name

March 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Carmel-based insurer Conseco Inc. will ask shareholders to approve changing the company’s name to CNO Financial Group, the company said Thursday morning.
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Congress passes historic health care bill

March 21, 2010
Associated Press
To pay for the changes, the legislation includes more than $400 billion in higher taxes over a decade, roughly half of it from a new Medicare payroll tax on individuals with incomes over $200,000 and couples over $250,000.
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Simon Property Group adds Glasscock to board

March 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former WellPoint Inc. leader Larry Glasscock has joined the board of directors of the Indianapolis-based real estate giant.
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Sebelius asks insurers to justify rate hikes

March 4, 2010
Associated Press
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met at the White House with the CEOs of Indianapolis-based WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealth Group, as well as several state insurance commissioners.
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Consumer group sues Anthem over policy changes

March 1, 2010
Associated Press
A consumer watchdog group filed a lawsuit Monday against WellPoint's California subsidiary on behalf of policyholders, claiming they were pushed to take coverage with fewer benefits and higher deductibles.
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Conseco shares fall after dip in fourth-quarter profits

February 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based insurer swings to a profit, but earnings from operations decline.
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WellPoint records subpoened in California probe

February 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
The California attorney general has demanded documents from several health insurers, including Indianapolis' WellPoint, believing that their rate-setting and claims practices might be illegal.
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Study: Hospital clout spurs higher Calif. health costs

February 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
While insurers get the blame for rising health-care costs for consumers, surging fees from hospitals and the growing dominance of such providers may be just as responsible for driving up expenses, according to a new study examining California's market.
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