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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and Plan Associates Pledge $2.2 Million to Community Organizations in 2008

Statewide Not-for-Profit Organizations to Receive Support from Associate

Giving, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation

MASON, Ohio, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield today announced that its associates have pledged $1.5 million to support not- for-profit organizations in Ohio for 2008 as part of the company's Associate Giving Campaign.

"The generosity shown by our associates during this campaign highlights their integrity and commitment to improving the communities where they live and work," said Chuck Slater, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio. "I am grateful for the incredible generosity of our associates and am proud that we are living the mission of our organization."

The funds pledged by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield associates will receive a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation, the parent foundation of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, increasing the total to more than $2.2 million. These funds will help hundreds of not-for- profit organizations throughout Ohio fulfill their missions, including the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, Big Brothers & Sisters, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Habitat For Humanity, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Toys For Tots, and the United Way.

The WellPoint Foundation is one of the nation's largest corporate foundations with net assets of nearly $200 million. Across the country, associates of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield parent company, WellPoint, Inc., pledged more than $15 million, surpassing the national goal of $13.8 million. The 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation will raise the total to more than $23 million.

During 2007, the WellPoint Foundation and its subsidiary state foundations funded $20 million in grants to numerous programs across the country. In many instances, the foundations provide emergency grants to support communities affected by disasters.

"Through our Foundations and our social responsibility programs, we put the full weight of the company into finding lasting solutions to the social issues we understand best-health care quality, affordability and accessibility," said Caroline 'Caz' Matthews, president of the WellPoint Foundation. "In the end, this focus, guided in part by our new State Health Index, which helps us identify the most critical health care needs in the state, allows us to have a measurable and sustainable impact in the communities we serve."

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation 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 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation is an affiliate of the WellPoint Foundation. To learn more about the WellPoint Foundation please visit

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