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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana Releases State Health Index
Date:11/14/2007

of Health. "Whether the issue is childhood obesity, low birth weight babies or the state's high smoking rate, Anthem has been a willing partner. We'll have the greatest impact on public health when the private, public and non-profit sectors work together."

"The guiding measures we have selected for the State Health Index provide a broad snapshot of Indiana's overall health," said Wes Wong, M.D. who leads Indiana's State Health Index efforts. "The State Heath Index will serve as a tangible scorecard of the most pressing health issues, which will enable us to work with local and state officials and health care providers to design programs that will improve health across our state."

The State Health Index is a companion program to Anthem's Member Health Index, an initiative announced earlier this year, through which Indiana uses the data it collects on its own members to track its progress in helping to improve the quality of health care they receive as well as health outcomes.

"Together, these innovative programs clearly demonstrate Anthem's commitment to measurably improving the lives of its members and the health of its communities," said Angela F. Braly, president and CEO of WellPoint, Inc., Anthem's parent company. "Our company has made an unprecedented commitment to improving health on both the member and state levels, and we have set goals that are both ambitious and transparent. We look forward to using initiatives such as the Member and State Health Indices to drive innovation in the industry and help improve health care across the United States."

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana is a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc. whose mission is to improve the lives of the people it serves and the health of its communities. It is the largest health benefits company in terms of commercial membership in the United States, and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, serving members as the Blue Cross licensee for
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