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Local WellPoint unit eliminating 112 employees

May 23, 2012
National Government Services Inc., which processes Medicare and Medicaid claims for the federal government, attributed the job reductions to the loss of a government contract. The subsidiary will still have about 500 workers in Indianapolis.
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WellPoint protestors harass Braly as political disclosure proposal fails

May 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
The proposal, which sought twice-yearly reports on all the health insurer's donations used for political campaigns or lobbying, was overwhelmingly voted down by WellPoint shareholders.
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Activists plan to protest WellPoint political giving at meeting

May 15, 2012
J.K. Wall
A mix of union groups, activist investors and single-payer advocates will call for increased disclosure from WellPoint, and some investment funds will vote against WellPoint board members who they say have failed to exercise proper oversight of WellPoint’s political spending.
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Report: Rebates from health care law will top $1B

April 26, 2012
Associated Press
More than 3 million health insurance policyholders and thousands of employers will share $1.3 billion in rebates this year, thanks to health care reforms, a research group said Thursday. Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. is expected to return $94 million.
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WellPoint sees $100 billion 'duals' market as care shifts

April 25, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. sees a $100 billion market in the states it serves to provide managed care for poor, elderly patients in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
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WellPoint's profit falls, but beats analyst expectations

April 25, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer posted first-quarter earnings of $857 million, down from $927 million in the same period a year ago.
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Trend lines look good for WellPoint

April 23, 2012
J.K. Wall
More people have jobs and yet the use of health care remains stagnant—which should drive nice profits when WellPoint Inc. reports first-quarter earnings on Wednesday. The trends even have some wondering if consumer-driven health plans are finally starting to make a real difference in Americans’ health care spending habits.
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WellPoint enrolls IBM supercomputer at IU medical schoolRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
J.K. Wall
IBM’s supercomputer Watson is already a “Jeopardy!” champion. Now, three doctors in Indianapolis are trying to teach it how to treat cancer.
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Compensation dips slightly for WellPoint brass

April 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
Angela Braly, CEO of the Indianapolis-based health insurance company, received total compensation of nearly $13.3 million, down 1.5 percent from the $13.5 million she made the previous year.
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Supreme skepticism boosts WellPoint stock

April 2, 2012
J.K. Wall
Wall Street's favorable reaction came not only because harsh questioning by the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative justices put in doubt the health reform law’s mandate that all Americans buy health insurance, but also because the justices raised the possibility that they would strike down requirements that insurers accept all customers, regardless of health.
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S&P completes biggest first-quarter rally since 1998

March 31, 2012
Bloomberg News
More than $3.6 trillion has been restored to U.S. equity values since October amid better-than-estimated earnings and economic data. Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. surged 11 percent this week, as the Supreme Court debated the health care law.
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WellPoint replaces fired Medicare plan chief

March 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
Venkata Rajamannar Madabhushi will take control of the various Medicare Advantage plans WellPoint runs around the country, replacing Brian Sassi, whom WellPoint fired last month.
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Disappointing quarter puts WellPoint brass on hot seatRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Greg Andrews
Analysts say the company has struggled to generate the consistent earnings that rivals have, in part because of mispricing of its Medicare Advantage senior coverage.
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UPDATE: WellPoint to boost primary-care pay

January 27, 2012
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. plans to improve primary care reimbursement and start paying for care management it doesn't currently cover, changes that could give patients more quality time with their doctors.
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WellPoint shares sink after disappointing earnings report

January 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
WellPoint Inc.'s stock price dropped almost 5 percent Wednesday after the insurer's fourth-quarter earnings failed to meet analyst expectations.
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WellPoint earnings fall well short of analysts' expectations

January 25, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer reported earnings of $335.3 million, or 96 cents per share, down 39 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
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Poll: Anthem so-so in customer satisfaction

January 23, 2012
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield ranked No. 12 in a new national customer satisfaction survey, but the poor showing doesn’t appear to threaten the Indianapolis-based company’s business success.<
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Indiana deals ranged upward of $800 millionRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Mergers and acquisitions in 2011 ranged from WellPoint's acquisition of CareMore to a trucking company merger.
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WellPoint, other insurers profit from health law they oppose

January 5, 2012
Insurance companies spent millions of dollars trying to defeat the U.S. health-care overhaul. But profit margins at the companies have widened to levels not seen since before the recession, a Bloomberg Government study shows.
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WellPoint prevails in shareholder suit over 2001 restructuring

December 28, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A federal judge has dismissed a shareholder class-action lawsuit against WellPoint stemming from the company’s 2001 conversion from a mutual insurer to a publicly traded company.
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WellPoint won’t put brand-name Lipitor on generics list

December 1, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer by enrollment, will favor a copy of the blockbuster cholesterol medication made by Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., the insurer said.
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UnitedHealth to acquire Medicare insurer XLHealth

November 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it will acquire XLHealth Corp., a provider of managed care for chronically ill Medicare members. Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. had been considering a possible acquisition of the company.
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WellPoint eyes $1.5 billion deal for XLHealth

November 14, 2011
Bloomberg News
Offers for XLHealth, a provider of managed care for chronically ill Medicare members, may value the company at $1.5 billion to $2 billion.
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New York orders WellPoint to make refunds for overcharges

November 10, 2011
Bloomberg News
WellPoint is among 11 insurers ordered to refund money to almost 600,000 New Yorkers who were charged too much for health insurance.
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Kaiser: Lack of competition endemic

October 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
In a new study, Indiana ranked as the 19th least-competitive state for individual health insurance and the 27th least-competitive for small-employer health insurance.
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