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WellPoint approves annual 'say on pay' measure

May 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
Shareholders of WellPoint Inc. approved on Tuesday the hefty pay packages of the company’s executives and voted for the right to weigh in annually on future executive compensation.
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Firms' faith in stock buybacks not always well-placedRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Greg Andrews
The ultimate test of whether buybacks are good deals for shareholders hinges on whether the price paid for the stock proves over time to have been a bargain or inflated.
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WellPoint profit continues health insurance rally

April 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. is the third health insurer in the past week to beat analysts' predictions by a huge margin and raise its full-year forecast.
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WellPoint's first-quarter profit soars above expectations

April 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer earned $2.44 per share and raised its full-year profit forecast by 40 cents per share.
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Anthem: Global payments coming back

April 25, 2011
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s vision for accountable care organizations foresees doctors and hospitals shifting to global capitation payments and employers getting bigger discounts if they allow their workers access only to health care providers in a specific organization.
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Six faces behind Indianapolis business Twitter handles

April 9, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Meet the people who tweet for Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, AAA, Butler University and other local businesses.
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WellPoint to give shareholders annual 'say on pay' vote

April 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
All publicly traded companies have to allow advisory votes about top executives compensation every two or three under the Dodd-Frank financial reform passed by Congress last year.
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WellPoint gets vote of confidence

March 30, 2011
J.K. Wall
Health reform will make health insurance a less-profitable business, but WellPoint Inc. got a vote of confidence from bond analysts because health-reform rules have turned out milder than expected and WellPoint’s financial performance has been particularly strong as the economy recovers.
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Maturing Chinese market gives WellPoint new prospects

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
Premiums for private health insurers in China are expected to rise to $90 billion by 2020 from $9 billion now, and WellPoint Inc. is angling for a big piece of that pie.
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WellPoint CEO received 3-percent raise last year

March 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based insurer awarded Angela Braly a total pay package worth $13.4 million, up from $13.1 million in 2009 even as the company's profit and enrollment numbers slipped.
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Three local companies make most-admired list

March 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Simon Property Group Inc., WellPoint Inc. and Brightpoint Inc. of Indianapolis, and Columbus-based Cummins Inc. made Fortune's annual list of 350 companies, released Monday.
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WellPoint expects employer biz to stagnate

March 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
Over the next five years, WellPoint Inc. expects the employer-sponsored insurance business to shrink slightly, forcing it to shift its focus to government-sponsored plans.
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WellPoint board declares 25-cent dividend

February 23, 2011
Associated Press
WellPoint Inc. became the latest health insurer to reward shareholders with a quarterly payout after piling up cash from a string of strong financial performances.
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Health insurers expect hit from reform rule

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
Major health insurers, including WellPoint, say a provision that requires them to spend a certain percentage of the premiums they collect on care-related costs will eat into earnings this year.
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Execs from WellPoint, peers meet to hone health-law lobby

January 31, 2011
Bloomberg News
Top executives from WellPoint Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. are meeting almost monthly with their counterparts from Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp. and Humana Inc. in an informal lobbying alliance aimed at blunting parts of the health-care law, say sources with knowledge of the sessions.
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WellPoint profit better than analyst estimates

January 26, 2011
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
Excluding special charges, WellPoint’s profit fell 2 percent to $524.7 million in the fourth quarter from $536 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. But earnings per share improved thanks to stock buybacks.
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WellPoint headquarters snags $42M

January 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
Massachusetts-based Franklin Street Properties acquired the Monument Circle headquarters of insurance giant WellPoint Inc. late in 2010 for $42 million—a rich $196 per square foot—from an affiliate of locally based HDG Mansur.
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WellPoint helps usher in health care reform

December 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
President Obama revived the health care reform bill by seizing on news of sharp premium hikes on individual customers by Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.
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WellPoint’s New York rate hike to face scrutiny

December 21, 2010
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. and other U.S. health insurers will have to provide justification for any increases to customers’ premiums of more than 10 percent next year, according to federal regulations published Tuesday.
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Health insurance investors unfazed by court ruling

December 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
This week’s ruling by a federal judge could force Congress to rework the new health law to avoid a health insurance market collapse. But the decision had little to no effect on investor sentiment toward WellPoint Inc. and its peers.
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Two more WellPoint executives set to depart

December 3, 2010
Associated Press, J.K. Wall
Chief Actuary Cynthia Miller and Chief Strategy Officer Bradley Fluegel—both of whom were prominent during the health reform debate—are leaving the health insurance giant.
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Swing in governors could help WellPoint deal with reform

December 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
Rick Scott of Florida will get another chance next month to derail the law President Obama signed in March when he and 21 other Republican governors-elect are sworn in just as states begin implementing details of the legislation the candidates campaigned against.
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St. Francis-WellPoint deal is a sign of the timesRestricted Content

November 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
St. Francis, which operates three Indianapolis-area hospitals, and WellPoint, the giant health insurer, announced this month that they have agreed to jointly form an accountable care organization.
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Health insurance stocks rise after spending rules outlined

November 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. health insurers, including WellPoint Inc., can include the cost of federal taxes in determining whether they spend enough on patient care, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday.
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Anthem, critics face off over rate-hike request

November 17, 2010
Associated Press
Anthem, a subsidiary of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., is seeking a 19.9-percent raise for 48,000 individual policy holders in Connecticut, citing escalating health care costs.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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