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Insurers may prove choosy with overhaul exchanges

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
The leader of the nation's largest health insurer warned Thursday not to assume widespread participation from his company in part of health care overhaul's coverage expansion that unfolds later this year.
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Amerigroup chief emerges as a frontrunner for WellPoint job

January 15, 2013
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. is still considering former Amerigroup Corp. CEO James Carlson among several finalists to become CEO. Statements and filings this month have fueled speculation among analysts and shareholders that Carlson has vaulted ahead of other prospects.
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Anthem pulling out of Quality Health First

January 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Since 2009, Indianapolis-based Anthem has doled out $14.5 million in bonuses to physicians based on their scores in quality reports generated by Quality Health First.
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WellPoint draws criticism for California rate increase

January 9, 2013
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc.’s plan to raise the rates for small employers in California was criticized as unreasonable by the state insurance commissioner, who said customers are being charged this year to cover U.S. health-law fees that won’t begin until 2014.
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WellPoint says earnings could slightly exceed expectations

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
WellPoint Inc. said Tuesday that it expects 2012 earnings at the high end or slightly above a range that the health insurer reaffirmed last month.
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WellPoint reaffirms 2012 earnings forecast

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
WellPoint Inc. is sticking with a 2012 earnings forecast that it had cut in July, and the nation's second-largest health insurer said it expects next year's earnings to be on par with this year's performance.
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Feds clear WellPoint's $4.5B acquisition of Amerigroup

November 28, 2012
Associated Press
The government has dropped its antitrust concerns about health insurer WellPoint Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Amerigroup Corp., the Justice Department said Wednesday, clearing WellPoint to proceed with the $4.46 billion deal.
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Analyst: WellPoint CEO search down to two

November 19, 2012
J.K. Wall
According to one Wall Street analyst, the search for a new CEO for Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint Inc. is down to two candidates: former Aetna Inc. CEO Ron Williams and Amerigroup Corp. CEO Jim Carlson.
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Small biz exposure clouds WellPoint's future

November 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
WellPoint’s average small-employer client has just 8.5 lives covered on its health plan. And firms of that size are far more likely to use the new health insurance exchanges, said WellPoint Chief Financial Officer Wayne DeVeydt.
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Health insurance stocks flop after Obama wins second term

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
Health insurance stocks sank deeper than the broader market Wednesday after President Barack Obama's re-election helped clarify the future of his health care overhaul, a sweeping law that some investors fear will pinch profits.
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WellPoint shares droop despite profitable quarter

November 7, 2012
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc.'s third-quarter earnings trumped Wall Street expectations, but the health insurer's stock tumbled Wednesday after President Barack Obama won re-election, a victory that could help cement the future of his health care overhaul.
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Deal provides peek at Anthem's narrow networks

November 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
A new agreement in Wisconsin provides a glimpse of the kind of “narrow network” arrangements that Indianapolis-based Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield might attempt in Indiana.
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Judge approves $90 million for Anthem plaintiffs

October 29, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The settlement will go to 700,000 claimants in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Connecticut, who said Anthem underpaid them when it converted in 2001 from policyholder ownership into publicly traded company WellPoint Inc.
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Amerigroup shareholders approve $4.9B sale to WellPoint

October 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Shareholders of Amerigroup Corp. overwhelming approved the Virginia company’s sale for $4.9 billion to Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint Inc. in a vote on Tuesday. The vote clears the way for the acquisition to close before the end of the year.
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Small law firm sees faith in WellPoint class-action suit pay offRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Greg Andrews
A federal judge in June granted preliminary approval to a deal under which WellPoint Inc. would pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit charging it undercompensated policyholders when it converted into a public company in 2001.
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WellPoint reorganizes into four business units

October 11, 2012
Bloomberg News
Separate Medicare and Medicaid divisions each will sell plans for those government-backed insurance programs. Another will handle commercial and individual business, and a specialty unit will provide dental, vision and disability coverage.
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Wellpoint raises $1.35B in first convertible offering since '99

October 3, 2012
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. sold its first convertible securities in more than 13 years with a $1.35 billion offering of 30-year bonds.
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Amerigroup delays vote on $4.9B WellPoint acquisition

October 3, 2012
Bloomberg News
Amerigroup Corp. officials agreed to delay a shareholder vote on WellPoint Inc.’s $4.9 billion buyout offer to resolve investors’ claims they were being shortchanged in the deal, the company said in a securities filing.
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WellPoint to add 100-plus local jobs for new Medicare contract

October 2, 2012
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.’s National Government Services unit will add more than 100 jobs in Indianapolis beginning late this year or early next after the health insurance giant won a new contract with the federal Medicare program.
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WellPoint likely to go outside for chiefRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
J.K. Wall
While WellPoint Inc. and its predecessors have a history of grooming new CEOs in-house, the next leader of the health insurance giant is likely to be an outsider, according to interviews with more than a half dozen former directors and officers of the company.
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Some hospitals, doctors might be cut from health plansRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
J.K. Wall
With health insurance premiums continuing to outstrip inflation, some health insurers and hospital systems are considering bringing back an old strategy: limiting patient access to a “narrow” network of doctors and hospitals.
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WellPoint hires Chicago-based search firm to find CEO

September 25, 2012
Bloomberg News
Chicago-based recruiting firm Spencer Stuart & Associates Ltd. has previously led executive and board director hunts for companies including Facebook Inc., Comcast Corp., Talbots Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.
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WellPoint says CEO search to take three to six months

September 20, 2012
Bloomberg News
WellPoint is seeking a replacement for former CEO Angela Braly, who stepped down Aug. 28 amid shareholder discontent. The company plans to hire a search firm within the next week.
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WellPoint spends $50M to burnish brand

September 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer expects the purchase of health insurance to look and feel much more like online retailing than ever before, where brand name, along with price and convenience, win the day.
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WellPoint management team gets board support, CFO says

September 10, 2012
Bloomberg News
Almost two weeks after Angela Braly was forced out as WellPoint Inc. CEO, the management team she put in place has been told by the board it will stay, said Chief Financial Officer Wayne Deveydt.
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