Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Establishes Hotline to Assist Members Following Recent Act of Workplace Violence

Saturday, June 28, 2008 General News
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LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 27 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shieldin Kentucky has established a free hotline to provide grief counseling andother assistance to the Henderson County community in response to the recentworkplace shooting. Through its Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Anthem isoffering assistance to members in five counties including Daviess, Henderson,McLean, Union and Webster counties.

"Anthem and its 1,400 associates share in the sadness being felt followingyesterday's tragic act of violence," said Deb Moessner, president of Anthem."We are prepared to assist all Anthem members in these counties by offeringthis free crisis hotline to more than 600 employer groups and our individualmembers. We want the community to know trained health care professionals areavailable to help through these emotionally trying times."

The employee assistance line is 1-877-208-8240. This line is staffed 24hours a day by skilled mental health care professionals who are trained toprovide confidential, professional grief counseling and emotional support. EAPconsultants will guide callers to use their behavioral health benefit whenappropriate.

Anthem members in these five counties will also be provided with access toa specialized Web site with information and resources on issues such as grief,emotional trauma and depression. That is available at www.AnthemEAP.com.Members may log on as "Henderson." The telephone counseling and Web resourceswill be available at no cost until July 31, 2008.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health Plansof Kentucky, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue ShieldAssociation. (R)ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem InsuranceCompanies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols areregistered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additionalinformation about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky is availableat www.anthem.com.

SOURCE Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield


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