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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire Associates Pledge More Than $260,000 to Community Organizations
Date:12/2/2008

MANCHESTER, N.H., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire announced today that its associates have pledged more than $175,000 to support over 220 not-for-profit organizations in 2009 as part of the company's annual Associate Giving Campaign. The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation will match 50 percent of associate pledges above $50, increasing the total to more than $260,000

"Our associates care deeply about the communities where they live and work across New Hampshire," said Douglas J. Wenners, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire. "The generosity shown during this year's associate giving campaign shows how much they care. In these challenging economic times, I am truly amazed by their generosity."

Nationwide, associates of Anthem's parent company pledged more than $24 million to more than 9,000 charities.

During 2008, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire will have provided more than $500,000 in associate contributions, foundation grants, charitable donations and sponsorships. In New Hampshire, Foundation grants were awarded to Catholic Medical Center's "Meds for Manchester" Program, The New Hampshire Children's Alliance, and the "Healthy Eating, Active Living Program" (part of the Foundation for Healthy Communities).

"New Hampshire's community agencies serve as a vital public safety net for our state's citizens," noted Wenners. "In difficult economic times like this, the role of these agencies is more important than ever before." Among other examples, he cited CMC's "Meds for Manchester" program which provides medications and counseling for those in need across the state.

"Through the efforts of our foundations across the country we can help address local health concerns," said Caroline 'Caz' Matthews, president of the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. "But we go beyond simply providing dollars by giving of our time through our national Community Service Day, where associates volunteer in our communities to have an even greater impact. In the end, our focus allows us to have a measurable and sustainable impact on critical health care needs in the communities we serve."

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of New Hampshire, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. (R)ANTHEM is a registered trade mark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire is available at www.anthem.com .

About the 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 www.wellpointfoundation.org .


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