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WellPoint Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Results
Date:1/28/2009

ater burden on managed care organizations to positively impact both the cost and quality of health care, and WellPoint is uniquely positioned to deliver the best value to the marketplace," added Braly. "As a Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee, we have the most trusted brand in this industry and offer access to the largest network of doctors and hospitals in the United States. We supplement this with top-tier capabilities in the medical management and transparency areas, including consumer-directed health plans that have been shown to help optimize health care consumption and hold down medical cost trends."

"WellPoint remains in a strong financial position. We have solid liquidity at our parent company while our debt-to-capital ratio is just below our targeted range, and we expect to generate significant operating cash flow in 2009," said Wayne S. DeVeydt, executive vice president and chief financial officer of WellPoint, Inc. "Our reserves for medical claims are approximately $400 million, or 6.9 percent, higher than at December 31, 2007, and days in claims payable increased by 2.7 days during 2008. We believe that our balance sheet is conservative."

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Membership: Medical enrollment totaled 35.0 million members at December 31, 2008, an increase of 240,000 members, or 0.7 percent, from 34.8 million at December 31, 2007. The increase was driven by the National business, which added 504,000 members in 2008. Membership in the Company's Senior business grew by 54,000 and enrollment in the Federal Employee Program increased by 13,000. This growth in membership was partially offset by a decline of 206,000 in State Sponsored programs, primarily in Ohio, and attrition of 94,000 and 31,000 members in the Individual and Local Group businesses, respectively. The attrition in Individual and Local Group primarily resulted from the Company's non-Blue branded
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