15 Executives Who Get Paid Millions To Deny You Health Care Coverage

The business model of American health insurers is basically: try to get healthy customers as clients, and then resist as long as possible when it comes to paying out claims.

That’s actually not an indictment or a criticism.

It’s just the way our system works, and it’s screwed up.

Whatever you feel about Obamacare, you probably think our current system needs reform in some sense.

Below we present the posterboys of the problem. Top healthcare CEOs making millions, leading companies that deny you coverage.

Herbert Fritch, HealthSpring

Herbert Fritch, HealthSpring

2008 revenue: $2.2 Billion
Y/Y change: 39.0%

CEO compensation: $800,000

HealthSpring earnings rose by 33% in the Q409 thanks to a 26 percent increase in premiums, according to BizJournal.

Said Fritch: “We are pleased with out operating results in 2009. Moving to 2010, our Medicare Advantage membership has increased despite the fact that we reduced benefits across many of our markets in response to Medicare rate cuts.”

Source: Fortune

Jay Gellert, Health Net

Jay Gellert, Health Net

2008 revenue: $15.4 Billion
Y/Y change: 8.9%

CEO compensation: $1.34 Million

Health Net increased the premiums of just one small business in New Jersey 124% in 2010. The company blamed the changes on changing demographics at the small business, according to WSJ.com.

Source: Forbes and Fortune

J. Mario Molina, Molina Health Care

J. Mario Molina, Molina Health Care

2008 revenue: $3.1 Billion
Y/Y change: 24.9%

CEO compensation: $2.2 Million

Molina boosted profits more than any other Michigan HMO in 2008, according to Crain’s.

Source: Fortune

Allen Wise, Coventry Health Care

Allen Wise, Coventry Health Care

2008 revenue: $11.9 Billion
Y/Y change: 20.6%

CEO compensation: $2.6 Million

3.2% of Coventry’s revenues end up as pure profit for the company, according to Fortune.

Source: Forbes

Richard Barasch, Universal American

Richard Barasch, Universal American

2008 revenue: $4.6 Billion
Y/Y change: 53.5%

CEO compensation: $3.5 Million

After taking a pay cut from 2006 to 2007, Barasch more than doubled his total compensation for 2008, jumping up from $1,564,293 in 2007, according to FierceHealthCare.

Source: Fortune and Forbes

Angela Braly, WellPoint

Angela Braly, WellPoint

2008 revenue: $61.2 Billion
Y/Y change: 0.2%

CEO compensation: $4.07 Million

WellPoint has given on $6.2 million towards helping uninsured individuals find insurance and receive care, only one-fifth of what was promised according to the LA Times.

Source: Forbes and Fortune

Michael McCallister, Humana

Michael McCallister, Humana

2008 revenue: $28.9 Billion
Y/Y change: 14.5%

CEO compensation: $4.76 Million

CEO McCallister considers the use of the company’s aircraft part of his compensation, including the use of the jet for family, according to FierceHealthCare.

Source: Fortune and FierceHealthcare

Stephen Hemsley, UnitedHealth Group

Stephen Hemsley, UnitedHealth Group

2008 revenue: $81.2 Billion
Y/Y change: 7.6%

CEO compensation: $5.03 Million

United Health has raised premiums on the town of Weston, Connecticut 23.5%. The town only budgeted for a 5% increase, according to The Weston Forum.

Source: Forbes and Fortune

James Carlson, Amerigroup

James Carlson, Amerigroup

2008 revenue: $4.5 Billion
Y/Y change: 14.5%

CEO compensation: $5.29 Million

Amerigroup was sued in 2008 for excluding pregnant women and unhealthy patients from Medicaid, according to Reuters. The insurer paid $225 million in a settlement.

Source: Fortune and FierceHealthCare

CFO Joseph Zubretsky, Aetna

CFO Joseph Zubretsky, Aetna

2008 revenue: $31.0 Billion
Y/Y change: 12.1%

CFO compensation: $5.57 Million

Aetna has boosted premiums on small businesses in New York 20% this year, according to the New York Post.

Source: Fortune

CFO George Mikan III, UnitedHealth Group

CFO George Mikan III, UnitedHealth Group

2008 revenue: $81.2 Billion
Y/Y change: 7.6%

CEO compensation: $6.531 Million

UnitedHealth Group has premium increases of 13-16% in Rhode Island in 2009 alone, according to HealthReform.gov.

Source: Fortune

Heath Schiesser, WellCare Health Plans

Heath Schiesser, WellCare Health Plans

2008 revenue: $6.5 Billion
Y/Y change: 21.0%

CEO compensation: $8.1 Million

WellCare was subject to a government probe after going public in 2007 on the way it paid executives by providing equity up front, a low salary, and further equity in yearly compensation. This hindered its ability to hold on to top talent, according to Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Source: Fortune and Tampa Bay Business Journal,

Michael Neidorff, Centene

Michael Neidorff, Centene

2008 revenue: $3.5 Billion
Y/Y change: 20.1%

CEO compensation: $8.77 Million

Following news that Centene had decreased benefits for the elderly and disabled, shares jumped 9%, according to Forbes (2008).

Source: Fortune and FierceHealthCare

H Edward Hanway, Cigna

H Edward Hanway, Cigna

2008 revenue: $19.1 Billion
Y/Y change: 8.4%

CEO compensation: $10.27 Million

Cigna is trying to convince its customers to fight for lower prices from the hospitals they visit, according to WSJ.com.

Source: Forbes and Fortune

Ronald A Williams, Aetna

Ronald A Williams, Aetna

2008 revenue: $31.0 Billion
Y/Y change: 12.1%

CEO compensation: $38.12 Million

In order to increase profits year on year from 2009 to 2010, Aetna plans to raise premiums to the point where up to 650,000 people would have to drop their coverage in 2010, according to the Huffington Post.

Source: Forbes and Fortune

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