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NCOA Recognizes WellPoint for Helping Older Adults Find Benefits

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 10, 2013-- For its commitment to helping older adults improve their health and economic security, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) has presented WellPoint (NYSE: WLP) with an Award of Recognition.

WellPoint has partnered with NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp® for six years, helping thousands of struggling older adults find and enroll in benefits that can help them pay for health care, food, medicine, utilities and more. The award recognizes WellPoint’s long-standing support of the program.

BenefitsCheckUp® is the nation’s most comprehensive Web-based service to screen seniors for benefits programs. Since 2001, it has helped more than 3.6 million seniors find over $13.3 billion worth of benefits.

WellPoint serves nearly 36 million members in its affiliated health plans and nearly 68 million individuals through its subsidiaries.

“WellPoint supports NCOA’s mission to improve the lives of millions of older adults by connecting them to resources that help them stay healthy and secure,” said James Firman, NCOA President & CEO. “The upcoming Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is a good time for older adults with Medicare to make sure they are getting all the help they are eligible for to pay for their health care costs.”

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About NCOA

The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for millions of older adults—especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, please visit: | |

About WellPoint

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 nearly 36 million people in our affiliated health plans, and nearly 68 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; and as 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). We also serve customers in several additional states through our Amerigroup subsidiary and in certain 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

Source: National Council on Aging (NCOA) and WellPoint

Jean Van Ryzin, 202-600-3166
Doug Bennett Jr., 502-889-2103

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