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WellPoint Highlights Operational Accomplishments and Details 2009 Guidance at Annual Investor Meeting
Date:2/24/2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today hosted its 2009 investor conference in Indianapolis, IN. During the meeting, WellPoint's executive leadership team reviewed the company's performance over the past year, assessed the business environment and offered detailed company guidance for 2009.

"While the current economy will present challenges in 2009, we expect growth of 1 percent to 3 percent over $5.48 of adjusted earnings per share in 2008," said Angela F. Braly, president and chief executive officer of WellPoint, as she began her remarks to investors. "This forecast assumes a further increase in unemployment rates across our Blue states. We are comfortable with these employment assumptions and we will continue to take the steps necessary to position WellPoint to address the challenges as well as capitalize on the opportunities presented by today's economy."

During the conference, Braly and her leadership team highlighted a number of specific actions WellPoint took during 2008 to position the company for improved long-term growth, including:

-- Introduced and expanded new products in the market, including SmartSense, Employee Elect and PRISM, which have already generated enrollment growth. WellPoint also saw significant growth in its Lumenos Consumer-Driven Health Plan portfolio of products.

-- Significantly reduced claims inventory levels and increased claims processing speeds, leading to better customer service.

-- Created an Operations Council, composed of key executives throughout the company, to ensure day-to-day execution of WellPoint's business plan as well as attainment of operating targets and maximization of profitable growth. The Operations Council has improved collaboration across the organization for enhanced visibility into fu
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