WellPoint

Health reform rule could cost WellPoint

July 7, 2010
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc. has about $800 million riding on one arcane rule: how to calculate a medical loss ratio. The ratio quantifies the percentage of customers’ premiums were spent on medical care, rather than overhead or profits.
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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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IU, WellPoint make magazine's best tech workplace list

June 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indiana University and WellPoint Inc. were the only Indiana employers to land in Computerworld magazine’s top 100 rankings as one of the “Best Places to Work in IT.”.
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WellPoint exec sees health insurer 'oligopoly' coming

June 24, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. health insurers are “moving towards an oligopoly,” a process that this year’s health-care overhaul will accelerate, the investor-relations chief at WellPoint Inc. said Thursday.
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Slow economy bruises profits of Indiana's largest public companiesRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Marc D. Allan
One-time events influenced bottom lines of some of the few companies that made more money in 2009.
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Braly's political skirmishes hurting insurer, critics say

June 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
When WellPoint Inc. named Angela Braly its CEO three years ago, it touted her experience dealing with politicians and government regulators. But WellPoint is now the poster child for health insurer bad behavior—credited in Washington with reviving a dead health reform bill the company opposed.
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WellPoint CFO says feds may phase in medical-spending rule

June 16, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. regulators may phase in requirements on how much health insurers spend on medical care to avoid pushing plans out of the market for people who buy their own coverage, WellPoint Inc.'s chief financial officer said Wednesday.
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Indy firm launches bedsore weapon

June 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
The latest idea from Dr. James Spahn, an Indianapolis health care entrepreneur, should help hospitals and nursing homes do a better job of preventing severe bedsores, or pressure ulcers. That’s good, because Medicare and private health insurers increasingly won’t pay to treat them.
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Obama gives states $250 million to review insurance premiums

June 7, 2010
WellPoint may face the most threat from more aggressive reviews. The Indianapolis insurer is the leader in small-business and individual policies, areas that have seen the biggest increases in recent years.
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WellPoint pledges two-day hospital stays after mastectomy

May 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
In the company's latest response to withering criticism of its breast-cancer policies, WellPoint Inc. said it will pay for any breast cancer patient to stay two days in a hospital after surgery.
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Effective stats are new hurdle for U.S. drugmakers

May 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.'s announcement of comparative effectiveness research guidelines last week marks a new era for U.S. drugmakers. The Indianapolis-based health insurer will use studies that compare the effectiveness of one drug against another as a complement to typical clinical trial research that compares a drug against a placebo sugar pill.
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ER doc is affable WellPoint activist

May 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Rob Stone wants the giant health insurer to convert to not-for-profit status and put him, an advocate of national health insurance, on the company's board.
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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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Report: WellPoint, Aetna may need relief from cost mandate

May 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
The U.S. health overhaul’s mandate that insurers spend 80 percent of premiums on medical care may need to be loosened to keep companies from quitting the market for people who buy coverage on their own, state regulators said.
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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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Braly, Obama spar again over WellPoint cancellation policies

May 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
CEO of Indianapolis-based health insurer wrote to Obama on Sunday to rebut the president's criticism that WellPoint seeks out breast cancer patients to cancel their policies.
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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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WellPoint profits rise, beat analysts' expectations

April 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer was helped in first quarter by a mild flu season, but it now expects to lose nearly 700,000 customers by year end.
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WellPoint to adhere to new rescission rules early

April 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer announced Tuesday afternoon it will be the first company to adopt stricter standards on canceling policies, which are contained in the health reform bill passed in March.
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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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Rockefeller: Insurers don't spend enough on medical care

April 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint “reclassified” more than half a billion dollars of administrative expenses as medical expenses when it was defining its medical-loss ratio, according to a report released by U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller’s office.
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WellPoint, UnitedHealth, grapple with medical-cost mandate

April 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
A U.S. mandate forcing insurers led by UnitedHealth Group Inc. and WellPoint Inc. to spend 85 percent of revenue from premiums on medical care is the newest front in the battle between the Obama administration and companies over industry profits.
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