WellPoint’s Medicaid Business Unit Announces Conference Participation for April

<0> Maureen C. McDonnellVice President, External CommunicationsWellPoint, Medicaid Business Unit(757) 473-2731orFinley HinesPublic Relations SpecialistWellPoint, Medicaid Business Unit(757) 955-8831 </0>

, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., announced its conference participation for April today. With almost two decades of experience serving our country’s most vulnerable populations, Amerigroup has earned the reputation as a thought leader in the industry. Amerigroup is focused on providing innovative solutions for the most pressing health care issues including maternal and child health, long-term services and supports, independent living and dual eligible population management for Medicaid and Medicare.

The WellPoint Medicaid Business Unit’s planned speaking engagements for April include:

Amerigroup Tennessee Chief Medical Officer Behavioral Health Dr. William Wood will present a webinar April 3. The presentation “Behavioral Health for Medicaid Plans: Yes, It’s Different” begins at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

WellPoint Medicaid Business Unit Vice President, Medicare and Dual Eligible Policy and Market Development, Specialty Products Group, Rhys Jones will serve as chairman of the D.U.A.L.S. Forum on April 4 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Camden Yards in Baltimore. The presentation “Strategies for Retaining Dual Eligible Enrollees in SNPs and Demonstration Plans” begins at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Amerigroup Chief Executive Officer and President Amerigroup Tennessee Alvin King will present April 8 at Peabody Memphis in Tennessee. The presentation “Emerging Opportunities in the Dual Eligibles Market” begins at 9:00 a.m. Central time.

Amerigroup Senior Vice President Federal Government Relations Brian Coyne will participate in a panel discussion April 9 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. The panel “Serving the Duals — Progress in Government Program Integration and Opportunities for Plans” begins at 10:40 a.m. Eastern time.

HealthPlus, an Amerigroup Company Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Wychulis will participate in a panel discussion April 10 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. The panel “Managed Dual Eligible Case Studies — Top State Initiatives” begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time.

WellPoint Medicaid Business Unit Senior Vice President Health Care Economics Pat McIntyre will present as Keynote April 10 at the Hilton Durham in North Carolina. The keynote “ROI vs. Return on Health: Benefits, Challenges & Opportunities” begins at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

WellPoint Medicaid Business Unit Performance Consultants LaToya Gilbert and Scott Weersing will participate in two roundtable discussions at the Silver Legacy Conference Center in Reno, Nev. The first discussion “Asking Questions to Get Clear on Outputs” begins April 16 at 12:45 p.m. Pacific time, and the second discussion “Partnering with Instructional Designers to Improve Performance” begins April 17 at noon Pacific time.

WellPoint Medicaid Business Unit Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Timothy Skeen will participate in a panel discussion April 19 at the Omni-New Haven Hotel at Yale in New Haven, Conn. The panel “HITECH Healthcare: Implications and Expectations of Healthcare IT Implementation” begins at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., is the largest company focused solely on meeting the health care needs of financially vulnerable Americans. Currently serving approximately 2.7 million members in 13 states nationwide, Amerigroup is dedicated to offering real solutions that improve health care access and quality for our members, while proactively working to reduce the overall cost of care to taxpayers. Together with WellPoint’s affiliated health plans, we serve more than 4.5 million beneficiaries of state-sponsored health plans in 20 states, making us the nation’s leading provider of health care solutions for public programs. Amerigroup accepts all eligible people regardless of age, sex, race or disability.

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 more than 36 million people in our affiliated health plans, and nearly 67 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 markets through our Amerigroup and CareMore subsidiaries. Our 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. subsidiary offers customers online sales of contact lenses, eyeglasses and other ocular products. Additional information about WellPoint is available at .