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UniCare Unveils Community Resource Center in Topeka to Serve Medicaid Enrollees
Date:8/22/2007

Center Will Provide UniCare's HealthWave Members with Valuable Local

Resources

TOPEKA, Kan., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- UniCare Health Plan of Kansas, Inc. today announced the opening of its first Community Resource Center (CRC) in Topeka, Kansas. With many of Kansas' Medicaid enrollees living in the Topeka area, the CRC will provide access to outreach services, health education referrals, translation and other specialized services for HealthWave members and their families. The Topeka opening will be followed by a second CRC opening in Wichita, Kansas on August 23.

"We are proud to make a real difference in the lives of our UniCare members in Kansas," said John Monahan, president, State Sponsored Business. "Serving the Medicaid population requires highly personalized service. In order for our members to get access to the care they need, we have to help them secure other critical resources, such as housing, job placement, child care and transportation information that can help remove barriers to accessing that care."

Each CRC is part of a unique community-based model designed and developed by UniCare to deliver more individualized health care coordination to its members and their communities. Staffed by a dedicated, bilingual team, the CRCs offer local residents and providers a facility that can design health programs and services to address specific community needs, such as disease- specific programs for asthma or diabetes.

CRCs are also a vital partner for their communities. The Topeka CRC will award grants to three organizations that provide important programs and resources that help improve the quality of life for underserved people in the different communities it serves. These organizations include:

-- YWCA Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

-- Clay County Health Department

-- Washington County Health Department

In addition, the WellPoint Foundation will donate $20,000 to the American Red Cross and flood victims to assist in clean-up and restoration efforts in response to the devastating floods that affected thousands of families in Kansas. The WellPoint Foundation is the charitable giving arm of WellPoint, Inc., the parent company of UniCare. Earlier this year, the WellPoint Foundation donated $30,000 to the Great Plains Health Alliance Foundation to aid in recovery efforts following the aftermath of the Greensburg tornado.

"It is gratifying to know the efforts to rebuild Greensburg are not forgotten," said Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. "This generous donation is a timely and important boost to the spirits of Kansans. We are also grateful for the financial assistance for flood victims and are confident these dollars will be put to good use assisting our fellow Kansans."

For community-based organizations that would like more information about how they can collaborate with the UniCare Community Resource Center in Topeka, please contact:

Linda Steinke, Director Field Operations

825 South Kansas Ave.

Topeka, KS 66612

785-270-1070

About UniCare:

UniCare serves 1.6 million medical members and is an operating subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., the largest publicly traded commercial health benefits company in terms of membership in the United States. WellPoint offers a broad spectrum of quality network-based health products including open access PPO, POS and hybrid products, HMO and specialty products. Specialty products include pharmacy benefit management, dental, utilization management, vision, mental health, life and disability insurance, long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, COBRA administration, and Medicare supplements. UniCare can be found on the web at http://www.unicare.com.


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