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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Associates Pledge $27,000 to Nevada Organizations in 2008

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 General News J E 4
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LAS VEGAS, Nov. 20 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield inNevada today announced that its associates have pledged $18,000 to supportnot-for-profit organizations in Nevada in 2008 as part of the company'sAssociate Giving Campaign.

"The generosity shown by our associates during this campaign highlightstheir integrity and commitment to improving the community where they live andwork," said Mike Murphy, President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield inNevada. "I am grateful for the generosity of our associates and am proud thatwe are living the mission of our organization in every day ways."

The funds pledged by Anthem associates will receive a 50 percent matchfrom the WellPoint Foundation, the parent foundation of the Anthem Blue Crossand Blue Shield Foundation, increasing the total to $27,000. These funds willhelp hundreds of not-for-profit organizations fulfill their missions. TheWellPoint Foundation is one of the nation's largest corporate foundations withnet assets of nearly $200 million.

Across the country, associates of Anthem's parent company, WellPoint,Inc., pledged more than $15 million, surpassing the national goal of $13.8million. The 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation will raise thetotal to more than $23 million.

During 2007, the WellPoint Foundation and its subsidiary state foundationsfunded $20 million in grants to numerous programs across the country. In manyinstances, the foundations provide emergency grants to support communitiesaffected by disasters.

"Through our Foundations and our social responsibility programs, we putthe full weight of the company into finding lasting solutions to the socialissues we understand best -- health care quality, affordability andaccessibility," said Caz Matthews, president of the WellPoint Foundation. "Inthe end, this focus, guided in part by our new State Health Index, which helpsus identify the most critical health care needs in the state, allows us tohave a measurable and sustainable impact in the communities we serve."

SOURCE Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada
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