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Blue Cross of California Reaches Out to Members Impacted by Southern California Fires
Date:10/26/2007

any members are staying with relatives and friends who may be far from their homes. During emergency medical situations, Blue Cross always encourages members to seek care at the nearest medical facility. Understanding that members may also not have access to their usual provider for non-emergency care, Blue Cross will pay all claims for those in the impacted areas at the higher in-network reimbursement levels, even if the facility is not in the Blue Cross network.

Commenting on these actions Brian A. Sassi, president of Blue Cross of California said, "The health of our members is our primary concern each and every day. As we have witnessed what the victims of these horrendous fires have gone through, and continue to go through, we want to assure our members and the community we are doing all we can to provide support during this difficult time."

About Blue Cross of California:

Blue Cross of California is a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP), whose mission is to improve the lives of the people it serves and the health of its communities. It is the largest publicly traded commercial health benefits company in terms of membership in the United States, and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and serves its members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan counties and as Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional information about Blue Cross of California is available at http://www.bluecrossca.com


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