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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Associates Volunteer to Help Wisconsin Organizations During Second Annual Community Service Day
Date:4/25/2009

MILWAUKEE, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 160 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin associates and their friends and families joined forces today to participate in the parent company's national Community Service Day. These efforts helped 13 organizations across the state, including:

  • Groundwork Milwaukee;
  • March of Dimes;
  • Rebuilding Together; and
  • Urban Ecology Center

"At Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield we're committed to improving the lives of the people we serve and the health of our communities," said Steve Martenet, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin. "Our associates give back in a variety of ways everyday and Community Service Day is one more way we are working to make a difference. During these difficult economic times it is more important than ever to collaborate on projects and services that can have an impact on the health and wellness of our community and to help our neighbors who need assistance."

Coinciding with Points of Light & Hands On Network's National Volunteer Week, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield associates participated in many activities, including building community gardens, improving an environmental education center, and performing needed upkeep on a center serving adults who have experienced mental illness.

In 2008, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation also granted more than $540,000 to community organizations in Wisconsin and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin gifted nearly $125,000 to civic and charitable organizations through its community relations support. Through Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's associate giving campaign, with a 50 percent match from the parent company's foundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield associates in Wisconsin pledged more than $1.3 million to help non profit organizations throughout the state.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name used by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin ("BCBSWi") and Compcare Health Services Insurance Corporation ("Compcare"), independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. (R)ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin is available at www.anthem.com.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem's inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. 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 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 its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates' campaign pledges. (R)ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. To learn more about the Foundation please visit www.wellpointfoundation.org.


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