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WellPoint board declares initial 25-cent dividend
San Francisco Chronicle

WellPoint Inc. announced its first dividend payment on Wednesday as it became the latest health insurer to reward shareholders with a quarterly payout after piling up cash from a string of strong financial performances.

Big health insurers used to offer token dividends, if any, like the 4-cent annual one Aetna Inc. paid last November. But that started to change last year when UnitedHealth Group Inc. — the largest health insurer based on revenue — announced a quarterly dividend of 12.5 cents per share.