November 7, 2012 |
Shares of insurance giant WellPoint Inc. and its major rivals fell after President Obama won reelection and his landmark healthcare law cleared a major hurdle to full implementation. WellPoint, the nation's second-largest health insurer, reported a 1% increase in third-quarter profit Wednesday, topping Wall Street expectations. But its shares tumbled $3.23, or 5.3%, to $57.97 in midday trading Wednesday. Other insurers slipped as well. Shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Aetna Inc. both declined by about 4% in midday trading.
July 19, 2012 |
UnitedHealth Group Inc. reported solid second-quarter results and raised its full-year profit outlook, but shares slipped in midday trading after the company projected a tough rate environment for its Medicare and Medicaid plans. Shares of the nation's largest health insurer dropped $1.78, or 3.2%, to $54.57 in midday trading. In a conference call with analysts and investors, UnitedHealth Chief Executive Stephen Hemsley said he continues to see "more downward than upward pressure" across the healthcare market.
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March 8, 1986 |
Lew Jones had all the trappings of the good life. He kept a 50-foot yacht near his apartment in Marina del Rey, drove five cars, including a Rolls Royce, and had a young wife--his fourth--with a taste for Rolex watches and mink coats. But when he died two years ago at the age of 54 from a bullet in the back of his head, Jones had almost nothing in the bank.
February 11, 2009 |
The American Medical Assn. is joining several state medical associations in suing health insurers Aetna Inc. and Cigna Corp. over a database they say was rigged to underpay doctors on out-of-network claims for more than a decade. But Cigna said doctors' rates were part of the problem. The lawsuits heap more criticism on Ingenix Inc. data that already have cost UnitedHealth Group Inc. of Minnetonka, Minn., $350 million to settle a separate lawsuit involving the AMA.
January 31, 2013 |
A Southern California surgery center charged teacher Lynne Nielsen $87,500 for a routine, 20-minute knee operation that normally costs about $3,000. Despite the huge markup, the Long Beach Unified School District and its insurer, Blue Shield of California, paid virtually all of the bill from Advanced Surgical Partners in Costa Mesa. Blue Shield mailed the $84,800 check to the high school Spanish teacher last month and told her to sign it over to the surgery center. Nielsen said she was outraged and refused to send the check.
December 15, 2004 |
Employees at Boeing Co., the second-biggest U.S. defense contractor, have sued the company and health insurer Aetna Inc., saying they denied valid disability insurance claims. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Seattle, says Aetna emphasized certain evidence in denying insurance claims for disabled employees and dismissed evidence that strengthened those claims. Boeing is named in the suit as a sponsor of Aetna's benefits plan.
January 16, 2008 |
Health insurer Aetna is requiring hospitals to waive patient bills when certain medical errors occur and to apologize to families of patients hurt by the mistakes, the company said. The template for future insurance contracts calls for hospitals to report events such as surgery on the wrong patient or body part to accrediting agencies within 10 days. The goal isn't to punish hospitals, said Aetna's chief medical officer, Troyen Brennan. "It is important to take steps that will increase hospitals' focus on why 'never events' happen, promote shared information and facilitate improved processes that will prevent future events," Brennan said.
August 17, 2007 |
New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo warned health insurers Aetna Inc. and Cigna Corp. on Thursday that planned programs that rank physicians on quality and cost would be likely to confuse or deceive consumers. In letters to the insurers, Cuomo took issue with the design of Aetna Aexcel and Cigna Care Network programs that would encourage members to use specialists whom the insurers have identified as delivering quality care while containing costs.
May 11, 1990 |
Aetna Casualty and Surety Co. said today that it will stick with its decision to stop selling car insurance in Pennsylvania despite a written admonition from Gov. Robert P. Casey, who called the giant insurer "arrogant and callous." On Thursday, Casey sent a strongly worded, three-paragraph letter to Aetna's president, David A. Kocher, criticizing the company's decision Wednesday to terminate business with its 200,000 Pennsylvania customers.
April 28, 1990 |
The Hartford, Conn., insurer said first-quarter net income rose 3% to $180 million, with increases in most of its divisions but sluggish results from its auto and homeowner lines. Revenue advanced 4% to $4.77 billion.