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WellPoint Announces Collaborative Partnership to Expand Access to Health Care Provider Information
Date:12/16/2008

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"In late 2006, our affiliated health plan in Ohio piloted a cost transparency program in conjunction with General Motors," said Braly. "Based on the success and consumer satisfaction with that pilot, we are in the process of rolling out the program to WellPoint's affiliated health plans across the country. We are pleased to be working with other Blue plans so that even more members can have access to clear, concise health cost information in major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta and Cincinnati, putting us on the road to a national solution for consumers."

This partnership is part of a transparency strategy that enables WellPoint's affiliated health plans and other Blue plans to build on their collaborative work with physicians and facilities to provide members with meaningful health care cost data. In turn, members can make more informed choices about their health and health care spending.

About WellPoint, Inc.:

WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefits company in terms of medical membership in the United States. WellPoint is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and 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 the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.


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