WellPoint Joins $1 Million Donors to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program

 WellPoint Joins $1 Million Donors to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster
                                Giving Program

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013

Assistance Critical to Enabling Red Cross to Respond to Disasters in the U.S.

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross
today recognized WellPoint Inc. and the WellPoint Foundation for its
commitments of $1M in 2012 and in 2013 in support of Red Cross disaster
response work through the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP).

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Members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program pledge donations on an
ongoing basis, in advance of major disasters, to help the Red Cross ensure an
immediate response to meet the needs of those affected by disasters of all
sizes, at no cost and regardless of income.

"The generous support of WellPoint and its associates will help the Red Cross
immediately respond to the needs of people impacted by disaster throughout the
United States," said American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern. "As a
member at the $1 million level, WellPoint is helping to create a reliable
funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional
support and other essential assistance to disaster victims."

One of the nation's largest health benefits companies, WellPoint joined the
Red Cross ADGP in 2012 as part of its commitment to improve the lives of the
people it serves and the health of American communities. The men and women of
WellPoint give to the Red Cross through the company's annual Associate Giving
Campaign, and all campaign pledges receive a 50 percent match from the
WellPoint Foundation. This year, its more than 36,000 associates elected to
increase their commitment to help the Red Cross help communities in need. 

"We are honored to be a part of the Annual Disaster Giving Program and thank
the Red Cross for all they do," said Lance Chrisman, executive director of the
WellPoint Foundation. "We believe a proactive approach is the best approach
when it comes to storm and disaster relief. By donating before disaster
strikes we're working to make sure the Red Cross has the tools and resources
it needs to be able to quickly provide assistance and support."

Other members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program include major leading
companies such as 3M; Altria Group; Aon; Bank of America; BNY Mellon; Briggs &
Stratton Corporation; Caterpillar Inc.; Cisco Foundation; Citi Foundation; The
Clorox Company; Community Safety Foundation funded by AAA Northern California,
Nevada and Utah Insurance Exchange; ConAgra Foods Foundation; Costco Wholesale
Corporation; Darden Restaurants, Inc.; Dell Inc.; Disney; Dr Pepper Snapple
Group; Edison International; FedEx Corporation, GE Foundation; Hewlett-Packard
Company Foundation; The Home Depot Foundation; Humble Bundle; John Deere
Foundation; Johnson Controls; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Kraft Foods Group;
Lowe's Companies, Inc.; Merck Co. Foundation; Mondelez International;
Nationwide Insurance Foundation, Northrop Grumman; Optum; PepsiCo and the
PepsiCo Foundation; Southwest Airlines; Sprint; State Farm; State Street;
Target; Texas Instruments; The TJX Companies, Inc.; UnitedHealthcare;
University of Phoenix; UPS; Walmart; and Wells Fargo.

People can join the Annual Disaster Giving Program members in supporting Red
Cross Disaster Relief and help provide food, shelter, emotional support and
other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country
each year. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make
a donation.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches
skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports
military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit
organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American
public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org
or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

AboutWellPoint, 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 36
million people in our affiliated health plans, and nearly 67 million people
served through our subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of theBlue Cross
and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as theBlue
Crosslicensee forCalifornia; theBlue Cross and Blue Shieldlicensee for
Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia,Indiana,Kentucky, Maine, Missouri(excluding
30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire,New York(as
theBlue Cross Blue Shieldlicensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and
surrounding counties and as theBlue CrossorBlue Cross Blue Shieldlicensee
in selected upstate counties only),Ohio,Virginia(excluding theNorthern
Virginiasuburbs ofWashington, D.C.),and Wisconsin. In a majority of these
service areas, WellPoint's plans do business asAnthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield,Blue Cross and Blue Shield of GeorgiaandEmpire Blue
Cross Blue Shield, orEmpire Blue Cross(in theNew Yorkservice areas).
WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare and in
certain markets through our Amerigroup and CareMore subsidiaries. Our
1-800CONTACTS, Inc.subsidiary offers customers online sales of contact
lenses, eyeglasses and other ocular products. Additional information about
WellPoint is available atwww.wellpoint.com.

AboutWellPoint Foundation
The WellPoint Foundationis the philanthropic arm ofWellPoint, Inc.and
through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the
inherent commitment ofWellPoint, Inc.to enhance the health and well-being of
individuals and families in communities thatWellPoint, Inc.and its
affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic
initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care
challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a
multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical
conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care
in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long
term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes
prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations
and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company's annual
associate giving campaign and provides a 50 percent match of associates'
campaign pledges. To learn more about theWellPoint Foundation, please
visitwww.wellpointfoundation.org, as well as itsTumblrblog at

SOURCE American Red Cross

Website: http://www.redcross.org
Contact: Public Affairs Desk, +1-202-303-5551
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