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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada and its Foundation Commit Over $340,000 to Nevada Nonprofits in 2008
Date:2/11/2009

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada has a long history of giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. In 2008, the strong commitment continued through financial support from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and the generosity of the company's associates.

Anthem's community efforts for 2008 were highlighted by a $19,000 contribution from its own 150 employees that will support over 40 community-based non-profit organizations throughout Nevada. Through its annual Associate Giving Campaign, Anthem associates can direct their giving to any 501(c)(3) organization. The funds pledged by Anthem associates will receive a 50 percent match from the parent company's Foundation, increasing the total to nearly $30,000.

"Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield associates are some of the most generous people I've ever met," said Mike Murphy, President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada. "In these challenging economic times, our associates give from their hearts to Nevada organizations that make a difference for people in need."

Nationwide, associates of Anthem's parent company pledged more than $16 million to nearly 10,000 charities. In addition to the Associate Giving Campaign contribution, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation grants in Nevada in 2008 totaled approximately $210,000, including commitments to:

The American Lung Association of Nevada to reduce youth tobacco use through the expansion and continuation of two of the organizations effective youth prevention and cessation programs -- Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) and Not on Tobacco (N-O-T).

Southern Nevada Health District, Office of Chronic Disease Prevention to support the "Get Healthy Clark County" campaign which engages Nevadans in a public education campaign that promotes healthy living.

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