WellPoint Affiliated Plans That Offer Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness
Program Extend Contract
Extension Confirms Health Benefits Company’s Long-Term Commitment to Improving
Health and Well-Being
INDIANAPOLIS & NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- October 15, 2012
In a continuing effort to promote well-being, WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) has
extended its current contract offering Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) award-winning
SilverSneakers^® Fitness Program to eligible members of several WellPoint
affiliated health plans. SilverSneakers, the acclaimed exercise program
designed to keep older adults active and healthy^i, is provided to more than
700,000 eligible Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement members of
WellPoint’s affiliated plans.
The SilverSneakers Fitness Program is designed exclusively for older adults.
The program engages participants in active behavior change through access to a
variety of physical activity venues and senior-specific programming that
incorporates physical activity, nutrition, cognitive and social experiences.
“SilverSneakers is a great way for Medicare beneficiaries to get started or
continue with an exercise program because it groups participants with their
peers and provides them with age appropriate exercises,” said Leeba Lessin,
senior vice president and president of WellPoint’s senior business. “We are
very pleased to be able to offer it to eligible members in many WellPoint
affiliated plans and we encourage them to take advantage of it.”
Physical activity can play a critical role in the prevention and treatment of
various chronic illnesses. A published Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention study found that individuals who participate in SilverSneakers
programs have lower long-term medical costs and require fewer hospital
admissions.^ii A separate CDC study found that SilverSneakers provided
tangible health benefits for high-risk members. Members with diabetes who were
active in SilverSneakers were admitted to the hospital less often, had lower
inpatient care costs and had significant reduction in overall health care
costs after only a year of participation.^iii
“There is growing recognition that the most effective solutions are based on
collaborative efforts that help individuals, wherever they may be on the
health continuum, avoid the next episode of care. Research has consistently
demonstrated that SilverSneakers improves the health and well-being of
participants through its unique combination of exercise and social support,”
said Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways president and chief executive officer.
“Many of WellPoint’s affiliated plans have provided SilverSneakers access to
eligible Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement members since 2003. By
continuing to offer the SilverSneakers program, WellPoint has confirmed its
commitment to providing time-tested, proven solutions to help improve not only
the physical health of plan members, but also their overall well-being.”
The SilverSneakers Fitness Program was founded in 1993 and serves more than 9
million eligible members. The Healthways fitness center network offers
convenient access to more than 15,000 participating fitness and wellness
The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete
description of benefits. For more information, contact the plan. Benefits may
change on Jan. 1 of each year. Limitations, co-payments and restrictions may
apply. The SilverSneakers Fitness Program is provided by Healthways, Inc., an
independent company. SilverSneakers^® is a registered mark of Healthways, Inc.
Healthways is the largest independent global provider of well-being
improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one person at a
time, the Company uses the science of behavior change to produce and measure
positive change in well-being for our customers, which include employers,
integrated health systems, hospitals, physicians, health plans, communities
and government entities. We provide highly specific and personalized support
for each individual and their team of experts to optimize each participant’s
health and productivity and to reduce health-related costs. Results are
achieved by addressing longitudinal health risks and care needs of everyone in
a given population. The Company has scaled its proprietary technology
infrastructure and delivery capabilities developed over 30 years and now
serves approximately 40 million people on four continents. Learn more at
www.healthways.com or www.silversneakers.com.
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 approximately 34
million people in our branded health plans, and approximately 65 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 across the country through our UniCare
subsidiary and in certain California, Arizona and Nevada markets through our
CareMore subsidiary. 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 www.wellpoint.com.
A health plan with a Medicare contract.
Chip Wochomurka, 615-614-4493
Doug Bennett Jr., 502-889-2103
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