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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Donates $25,000 to Red Cross for Flood Relief Efforts in Wisconsin
Date:6/16/2008

WAUKESHA, Wis., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC today announced it is donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross for the Wisconsin Flood Relief Effort.

Strong storms over the course of the past week in Wisconsin have caused widespread flooding and damage, closed roads, and destroyed homes throughout the state. To date, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has declared a state of emergency in 30 of the state's 72 counties. Staff from the American Red Cross are currently on the ground in all the affected counties, providing assistance to those impacted by the storms.

"Our hearts and thoughts go out to those affected by the recent storms and flooding," said Steve Martenet, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin. "The victims of these storms are our friends, family and neighbors. Our foundation is pleased to be able to provide this donation to help them get back on their feet, and we thank the Red Cross for all they are doing for our communities."

The funds will be used by the Red Cross to provide support and assistance to victims of the storms including: food, shelter and clothing; home clean up assistance; temporary housing; emergency medical assistance, such as prescription medication replacement, and help with eyeglass, denture, hearing aid replacement; and mental health services.

"We thank the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation for their generous donation which will greatly assist our Wisconsin Flood Relief Effort," said Tracey Sparrow, executive director of the American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin. "When storms like these strike, the generosity of donors and volunteers can make all the difference. I am happy to count the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation as a leader in our relief effort."

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 reduce the number of uninsured as well as organizations and nonprofit charities that promote 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 http://www.wellpointfoundation.org.

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 http://www.anthem.com.

About the Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.


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