WellPoint Care Management Receives Three Silver Crown Awards for Outstanding Service to Seniors

INDIANAPOLIS, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WellPoint, Inc., (NYSE: WLP) today announced its Care Management division has won three Dorland Health Silver Crown Awards, more than any other health benefits company.

WellPoint took home top honors for its hospital readmission prevention program and its social work case management program. In addition, Melissa Trownsell, director of case management, won for best senior nurse in the Clinical Nurse category.

Award winners were announced March 8 in Las Vegas at an annual ceremony that recognizes organizations and professionals who provide exceptional services, products and education to the over-55 population. In addition to the award winners, WellPoint's care management team had seven finalists, more than any other public or private health care-related organization.

"It is dedicated people and innovative programs like these that will continue to ensure we provide our members with services that support the health, care and value that they expect and deserve," said Anthony Nguyen, senior vice president of Care Management for WellPoint. "This is a terrific honor and tribute to the success of our senior programs and to the commitment that our associates and their teams demonstrate in serving our Medicare members."

WellPoint's winners and finalists were recognized for their effectiveness in helping seniors to receive the clinical and care management support they need through highly member-focused programs and services.

"Personal service is not only important to our Medicare members, it is critical to help them get the kind of care they need and that is really what these awards symbolize," said Krista Bowers, president of Senior Business for WellPoint. "Congratulations to the honorees for their leadership and dedication to our Medicare members."

With nearly 70 million people expected to be Medicare beneficiaries over the next 20 years, the senior population is an increasingly important focus for the nation's health care providers and related organizations.

Dorland Health is the publisher of the Case Management Resource Guide, the National Directory of Adult and Senior Services, the Senior Services Report, Case In Point magazine and other resources for those in medical management. The company provides information and development tools for those who care for adults and seniors.

WellPoint's three award-winning entries and seven finalists were among more than 80 health care professionals and programs nationwide that were named as finalists and competed for the awards.

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint works to simplify the connection between Health, Care and Value. We help to improve the health of our communities, deliver better care to members, and provide greater value to our customers and shareholders. WellPoint is the nation's largest health benefits company in terms of medical enrollment, with more than 33 million members in its affiliated health plans, and a total of more than 69 million individuals served through all 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 does business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.

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