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WellPoint Honored as One of the 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles by National Business Group on Health - Reaching Platinum Status for Wellness Programs' Measurable Success

Thursday, July 05, 2012

WellPoint Honored as One of the 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles by National Business Group on Health - Reaching Platinum Status for Wellness Programs' Measurable Success09:00 EDT Thursday, July 05, 2012 INDIANAPOLIS (Business Wire) -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) – WellPoint announces its recognition as one of the 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles, one of 66 top employers named by the National Business Group on Health. WellPoint has been named to the list every year since 2008; this year, besting past years' honors with platinum status. Winners honored with platinum status have established healthy weight and lifestyles programs with measurable success and documented outcomes. WellPoint has made a strong commitment to helping its associates and their families achieve a healthy lifestyle at work and at home. Incentives and internal messages focus on building a culture of physical and emotional health and encourage personal accountability for health. Recent WellPoint associate survey results indicate 89 percent of respondents agreed that WellPoint wellness programs are helping them take personal accountability for their health. Also, independent analysis indicates that WellPoint associate engagement rates in its disease management programs exceed the national reference rates. “WellPoint is committed to offering a wide range of wellness programs that make it easier for our associates and their family members to live healthier lives,” said Pamela Ventura, WellPoint's director of wellness programs. “We reward our associates and their family members when they show their commitment to their own health by offering incentives to help reduce the amount they pay for medical coverage.” "We are very pleased to recognize WellPoint for its ongoing commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs that encourage healthy lifestyles for their employees,” said Helen Darling, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. “WellPoint and its management team should be proud for their dedication and recognizing the importance of promoting and maintaining a healthy workforce. We congratulate them on receiving this award." About WellPoint, Inc. At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our members' health and well-being—and the value we bring our customers and shareholders. So each day we work to improve the health of our members and their communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have nearly 34 million people in our branded health plans, and more than 62 million people served through our subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves 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.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these service areas, WellPoint's 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). WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare and in certain California, Arizona and Nevada markets through our CareMore subsidiary. Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com. About the National Business Group on Health The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues and to being the voice for large employers on national health care issues. The Business Group, whose 345 members include 64 of the Fortune 100, identifies, develops and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org. WellPoint, Inc.Gene Rodriguez, 317-488-6168geraldine.rodriguez@wellpoint.com