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WellPoint Foundation Wins Gold Stevie Award For Corporate Social Responsibility

June 27, 2012

Indianapolis - The WellPoint Foundation has won a Gold Stevie Award in recognition of its work to improve health and strengthen communities. One of the country's premier business awards, the Stevie recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of individuals and organizations. The WellPoint Foundation was named a winner in the "Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year - More Than 2,500 Employees" category for its efforts throughout 2011.

"The WellPoint Foundation is working to address some of our nation's most pressing health challenges," said Lance Chrisman, executive director of the WellPoint Foundation. "It's a true honor to be recognized by the Stevie Awards as a leader in our field and we look forward to continuing to invest in programs and organizations that are helping people improve their health and live their best lives possible."

Major grants provided by the WellPoint Foundation in 2011 include:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America -Triple Play: A three-year, $5 million grant to address the growing threat of childhood obesity by supporting and expanding the nonprofit's Triple Play wellness program;
  • OASIS Institute -CATCH Healthy Habits: A two-year, $2.7 million grant to expand an intergenerational wellness program to 18 locations in 14 states;
  • March of Dimes: A $1 million grant to support group-based prenatal care for at-risk mothers, a preterm birth toolkit and a public awareness campaign;
  • American Cancer Society - Patient Navigator Program: A two-year, $1.5 million grant to help newly-diagnosed patients, families and caregivers navigate the many systems encountered during the cancer journey; and
  • AmeriCares and the American Red Cross: Contributions to tsunami relief efforts in Japan through AmeriCares, and tornado relief in Georgia, Missouri and Virginia through the American Red Cross.

A private non-profit organization wholly funded by WellPoint, Inc., the WellPoint Foundation promotes WellPoint's inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that WellPoint serves. The WellPoint Foundation underwrites the company's annual Community Service Day and provides a 50 percent match of pledges made through the company's annual Associate Giving Campaign. In 2011, more than 160 sites throughout 24 states and the District of Columbia benefitted from Community Service Day projects, and -with the WellPoint Foundation match -more than $6.8 million was pledged to six health charities.

About WellPoint Foundation
The WellPoint Foundation is the philanthropic arm of WellPoint, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of WellPoint, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that WellPoint, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company's annual associate giving campaign and provides a 50 percent match of associates' campaign pledges. To learn more about the WellPoint Foundation, please visit http://www.wellpointfoundation.org.

About WellPoint, Inc.
At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our members' health and well-being--and the value we bring our customers and shareholders. So each day we work to improve the health of our members and their communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have nearly 34 million people in our branded health plans, and more than 62 million people served through our subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these service areas, WellPoint's plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare and in certain California, Arizona and Nevada markets through our CareMore subsidiary. Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

Sponsors and partners of The 2012 American Business Awards include American Support, Business TalkRadio Network, CallidusCloud, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, iolo technologies, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, Primus Telecommunications Group, SoftPro, and VerticalResponse.

 

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