Leading National Anti-Fraud Organization Elects WellPoint’s Alanna Lavelle as Board Chair

  Leading National Anti-Fraud Organization Elects WellPoint’s Alanna Lavelle
  as Board Chair

Business Wire

INDIANAPOLIS -- November 16, 2012

WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announces Alanna Lavelle’s recent election as the
National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) chair of the board of
directors. The NHCAA is a leading national organization focused exclusively on
the fight against health care fraud with members from the private insurance
industry and public-sector programs – including HHS and the FBI. Lavelle has
served on its board for three years and this recent election showcases her
value to the organization.

Lavelle is currently the director of Investigations for the southeast and
central regions of WellPoint, Inc., managing the special investigation unit
for approximately 14 million members in WellPoint’s affiliated health plans in
Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin and Virginia. Lavelle
joined WellPoint, Inc. in 2004, after serving 25 years with the Federal Bureau
of Investigation where she managed a large health care fraud task force and
served as the supervisory special agent FBI liaison for the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC), working closely with the CDC on Bioterrorism matters in
the post 9/11 era.

“Alanna Lavelle has been a decisive leader of WellPoint’s special
investigation unit, implementing predictive analytics and strengthening the
team with additional members who have clinical expertise,” said Lee Arian,
staff vice president of program integrity and investigations at WellPoint.
“Her dedication to the fight against health care fraud and abuse coupled with
her strong partnerships with others in the industry are an asset to WellPoint
and the NHCAA.”

“Alanna has made enormous contributions to NHCAA and our membership,” said
Louis Saccoccio, Chief Executive Officer of NHCAA. “Her wealth of experience
and excellent leadership skills will be a significant asset to our Board and
Membership as we continue working together with public-sector law enforcement
and regulatory agencies to develop the strategies and best practices to detect
and prevent health care fraud.”

As NHCAA board chair, Lavelle will lead monthly NHCAA calls and will host
quarterly face-to-face meetings with members. She succeeds Jack Price, former
chief security officer of BlueCrossBlueShield of Tennessee.

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 more than 33
million people in our branded health plans, and approximately 64 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 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.

About NHCAA

Founded in 1985, the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association is the
leading national organization focused exclusively on the fight against health
care fraud. Our members comprise more than 100 private health insurers and
those public-sector law enforcement and regulatory agencies having
jurisdiction over health care fraud committed against both private payers and
public programs.

Contact:

WellPoint
Gene Rodriguez, 317-488-6168
geraldine.rodriguez@wellpoint.com
 
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