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WellPoint Receives Award For Healthcare Education Efforts In The Hispanic Community

WellPoint, Inc., (NYSE: WLP) announced today that it has received the Corporate Hispanic Health Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) for its work in educating the Hispanic community on the Affordable Care Act.

NHMA recognized WellPoint, for their proactive efforts in helping to enroll uninsured Hispanics in their communities. According to NHMA officials, as the fasting growing minority group, it’s imperative to build partnerships that will help address the growing health challenges faced by Hispanics across the country.

“Our Hispanic Health Initiative supports community needs and reduces health disparities,” said Dr. Sam Nussbaum, chief medical officer for WellPoint. “Our hands-on outreach program targets five states, including California, New York, Colorado, Georgia and Virginia. Additionally through our Amerigroup subsidiary we are serving a large number of Hispanics beyond our 14 Blue states.”

“Hispanics are interested in working with health care professionals who can appreciate their culture and understand their values and traditions,” NHMA president Dr. Elena Rios said. “That need extends to insurance providers too, and we’re recognizing WellPoint with this award for their leadership in addressing the needs of our community.”

“It is WellPoint’s goal to make sure that Hispanic American families in the communities we serve can control their own health care journey by taking advantage of their many new insurance options, including plans available through the new exchanges,” said Dr. Antonio Linares, regional vice president and medical director at WellPoint. “For this reason, we continue our commitment to educate and engage the Hispanic community on the benefits of the law and how to enroll.”

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint is one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies. We believe that our health connects us all. So we focus on being a valued health partner and delivering quality products and services that give members access to the care they need. With nearly 68 million people served by our affiliated companies including nearly 36 million enrolled in our family of health plans, we can make a real difference to meet the needs of our diverse customers. We’re an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We serve members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; and as 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.), and Wisconsin. In most of these service areas, our plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). We also serve customers in other states through our Amerigroup and CareMore subsidiaries. To find out more about us, go to wellpoint.com.

About the National Hispanic Medical Association

The National Hispanic Medical Association, established in 1994, is a non-profit association representing the interests of 45,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States. The NHMA mission is to empower Hispanic physicians to improve the health of Hispanics with its public and private partners. NHMA’s vision is to be the national leader to improve the health of Hispanic populations. For more information visit: www.nhmamd.org.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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