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HealthCare Partners Physicians Join Blue Cross of California 'Power Select HMO' Network
Date:2/4/2008

More than 800 primary care physicians become available to Blue Cross

members

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross of California (Blue Cross) today announced the inclusion of HealthCare Partners Medical Group and Affiliated Physicians (HealthCare Partners) into its Power Select HMO network as a preferred provider, effective January 1, 2008.

HealthCare Partners serves more than 550,000 patients throughout Southern California, with more than 800 primary care physicians in Los Angeles and Orange County. Both Blue Cross and HealthCare Partners are committed to increasing transparency and taking further steps to empower consumers to make more informed health care decisions.

"Providing members with access to an extensive network of excellent, contracted providers and quality, cost effective coverage is always a top priority within the Power Select HMO network. The addition of HealthCare Partners helps attain this goal," said Brian A. Sassi, president and general manager of Blue Cross of California. "We are delighted this relationship will allow us to provide our members who wish to select HealthCare Partners with more options and better benefits, including lower co-pays."

"What makes HealthCare Partners unique is its care delivery model that puts patients first," said Dr. Robert Margolis, CEO of HealthCare Partners. "This model includes patient-centric care teams, fast referrals and premier appointments. In addition, HealthCare Partners' Electronic Health Records (EHRs) provide health practitioners and patients quick, easy access to vital medical information, improving quality of care dramatically."

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

About HealthCare Partners Medical Group and Affiliated Physicians in California

HealthCare Partners has been recognized for its distinguished medical leadership, high-quality medical care delivery, operational effectiveness, and high rate of patient satisfaction. Over 1100 medical group and affiliated physicians provide healthcare services to more than 550,000 patients in the Los Angeles and north Orange County areas through 43 medical offices, hundreds of independent physician locations, five urgent care centers, two medical spas, and an ambulatory surgery center. http://www.healthcarepartners.com.


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