WellPoint’s Jai Bills Recipient of National Leadership Institute Award

  WellPoint’s Jai Bills Recipient of National Leadership Institute Award

Business Wire

INDIANAPOLIS -- December 06, 2012

WellPoint (NYSE: WLP) announced that Jai Bills, has been selected by the
National Eagle Leadership Institute (NELI) as this year’s recipient of the
CareerFOCUS Eagle Award for his leadership in forward thinking. As one of
corporate America’s highest accolades in executive leadership achievement, the
award salutes professionals who set a higher standard of leadership in both
their business and community involvements.

Bills is WellPoint’s Vice President for InterPlan and National Account
Planning where he is responsible for managing relationships with Blue Cross
Blue Shield plans across the country. In addition, Bills is responsible for
strategic planning initiatives for WellPoint’s National Accounts Team. He also
serves as an executive sponsor of PRIDE, WellPoint’s African-American
associate resource group.

“I am honored to be recognized by the National Eagle Leadership Institute with
this award,” said Bills. “At WellPoint our affiliated health plan members are
our priority and I am pleased to be part of an organization that shares my
commitment to excellence, attention to detail and the ability to deliver
positive results that will help improve the lives of those we serve.”

The National Eagle Leadership Institute^® (NELI) is a leadership development
network for culturally diverse professionals and college students. The
Institute's programs help recognize, recruit, and retain professionals who set
a higher standard of leadership.

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 the NELI Award: The National Eagle Leadership Institute^® (NELI) is a
leadership development network for culturally diverse professionals and
college students. NELI was launched in 1995 in response to corporate America's
increasing focus on leadership and diversity in the workplace. The Institute's
programs help recognize, recruit, and retain professionals who set a higher
standard of leadership.

About the CareerFOCUS Eagle Award. The Eagle Award was launched in 1993 by
CareerFOCUS Magazine to recognize outstanding leadership within the trenches
of corporate America. Recipients mirror the magazine's readership, which
targets Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino professionals who practice
a higher standard of leadership.

Contact:

WellPoint, Inc.
Media
Leslie Porras
(818) 234-3368
leslie.porras@wellpoint.com
 
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