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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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WellPoint settles Los Angeles lawsuit for $6M

June 20, 2013
Associated Press
The city had alleged that WellPoint's Anthem Blue Cross of California unit illegally dropped more than 6,000 policyholders from coverage.
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Most of Indiana's largest public companies enjoyed strong 2012Restricted Content

June 15, 2013
Angie's List turned a profit for the first time in nearly two decades.
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WellPoint adds power executive Hay to board

May 29, 2013
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. has named Lewis Hay III to its board of directors after announcing earlier this month that three members had resigned for personal reasons.
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New WellPoint CEO Joe Swedish thrives on complexity

May 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Joe Swedish, a career hospital executive, is now two months into his job at the helm of Indianapolis-based WellPoint, the nation’s second-largest health insurer. In his first interview since starting work, Swedish indicated he’s taking his time to learn the people and the culture of the vast organization he now leads.
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WellPoint among 13 picked to join California exchange

May 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
California residents who choose to buy health insurance through the state exchange being created by the Affordable Care Act may end up paying higher premiums.
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Surprise director departures boost WellPoint shares

May 14, 2013
Greg Andrews
Outside observers cast the departures of Lenox Baker, Sheila Burke and Susan Bayh as a positive that will allow new CEO Joseph Swedish to recast the board.
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Three WellPoint directors step down, cite personal reasons

May 13, 2013
Bloomberg News
Lenox Baker, Sheila Burke and Susan Bayh resigned from the board effective immediately, Indianapolis-based WellPoint said Monday in a regulatory filing.
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Governor taps ex-WellPoint CEO Braly for IEDC board

May 7, 2013
J.K. Wall
The appointment is the first high-profile post that Braly, 51, has accepted since she was ousted from the top spot at the Indianapolis-based health insurer in August.
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Indiana firms lose ground on Fortune 500 list

May 7, 2013
Mason King
Five of the six Hoosier firms that appear in the 2013 rankings slipped from their positions in last year's list of the largest U.S. companies.
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Obamacare exchanges could zap WellPoint profits

April 29, 2013
J.K. Wall
According to one estimate, the Indianapolis-based health insurer will shed $400 million in pre-tax profits by 2017.
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WellPoint CEO: Acquisitions of hospitals, doctors unlikely

April 24, 2013
J.K. Wall
Joe Swedish, who took the helm of the Indianapolis-based health insurer a month ago, threw cold-water Wednesday on widespread speculation that he will lead the company through a wave of buying hospitals and medical practices.
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WellPoint raises profit forecast after solid first quarter

April 24, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer easily beat Wall Street's expectations for earnings in the first quarter and revenue rose 15 percent.
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Investors await progress report from WellPoint

April 22, 2013
Associated Press
Many investors expect the health care overhaul's coverage expansions to affect WellPoint more than other insurers.
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WellPoint execs get double-digit pay bumps while stock falls

April 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer’s board of directors approved higher compensation heading into 2012, after most of its top executives saw their pay hold steady or decline in 2011.
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Outgoing WellPoint CEO made more than $20M last year

April 2, 2013
Associated Press
The compensation paid to outgoing Wellpoint Inc. CEO Angela Braly last year rose 56 percent, even as the company's shares slid on lower enrollment in its Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans.
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WellPoint jumps after feds reverse Medicare decision

April 2, 2013
Bloomberg News
Shares of Indianapolis-based WellPoint rose along with those of other medical insurers Tuesday morning after the U.S. government reversed a decision to cut a key Medicare payment rate, offering them an increase instead.
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Studies: Employers could save with Medicaid expansion

March 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
The debate over expanding Medicaid in Indiana so far has hinged on how much it will cost. But two recent studies suggest Hoosier employers should be focused on how much a Medicaid expansion will save them: perhaps as much as $400 million per year.
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Profits at center of biosimilars debate

March 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
House Bill 1315, which is scheduled for a Senate floor hearing on Monday, would require pharmacists to check with a patient’s physician before automatically substituting a generic version of a biotech drug for a brand-name version.
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Critics of WellPoint choice may not be easily swayedRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Greg Andrews
It's way too early to declare the board dysfunctional for making a surprise choice—Joe Swedish, CEO of Michigan-based hospital system Trinity Health—for the company’s new CEO.
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WellPoint exec Carlson leaving insurer after losing CEO bid

February 15, 2013
Bloomberg News
Former Amerigroup Corp. CEO James Carlson will leave WellPoint Inc., the company said Friday—three days after he was passed over for the Indianapolis-based insurer's top job.
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