WellPoint announced today that it has been designated a 2014 Top 100 Military Friendly Employer ® by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse. Ranking 74 th on the list, this marks the fifth year WellPoint has been included in the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers ® list, which was compiled by a survey of over 5,000 companies. Criteria for selection to the Top 100 list include the company’s strength of military recruiting effort, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve Service.

“Being named to the list of Top Military Friendly Employers for the last five years acknowledges the significant efforts that WellPoint has dedicated to establishing and improving best practices for recruiting and retaining veterans,” said Karin Sarratt, vice president of Talent Management and chief diversity officer at WellPoint. “We know that veterans and our associates serving in the National Guard and Reserve bring tremendous value to our organization; their contributions and commitment make us stronger as a company so we can succeed at transforming healthcare with trusted and caring solutions.”

WellPoint’s appearance on the Top 100 Military Friendly Employer ® further reinforces its ongoing commitment and partnerships with organizations such as the 100,000 Jobs Mission and Hero.Health.Hire. Additionally, the company’s Veterans Organization of WellPoint (VOW) associate resource group, made up of nearly 200 associates, plays a key role in building an inclusive workplace culture for all. In addition to supporting veteran’s initiatives in their local communities, the group works collaboratively with the company’s talent acquisition team and can often be found at military focused career fairs such as RecruitMilitary and other military sourcing events.

WellPoint’s company profile, including open positions, can be found on MilitaryFriendly.com. Using the priority data engine on MilitaryFriendly.com, job seekers are able to view the ranked Top 100 employers compiled according to list methodology as well as design their own custom lists according to their preferences. Custom, user-directed lists can then be saved and shared socially, allowing each job seeker to find their unique #1 Military Friendly Employer®.

Now in its 11th year, Military Friendly Employers ® media is the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. Each year companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Advisory Board consisting of leaders in the military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/board.

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 more than 67 million people served by our affiliated companies including approximately 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, CareMore and 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. subsidiaries. To find out more about us, go to wellpoint.com.

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