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Anthem Annual Report Wins Gold in International Competition

INDIANAPOLIS, Sep 21, 2004 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Anthem Inc.'s 2003 summary annual report has won a gold award at the 18th Annual International ARC Awards -- the world's largest and most respected annual report competition. This is the second consecutive year that Anthem has been internationally recognized, having won a silver award for its 2002 annual report.

The ARC Awards honor overall excellence in annual reports. Panels of international judges -- top-level investor relations executives, financial executives, writers, designers and photographers from agencies and corporations -- selected winners from nearly 1,800 entries submitted by some 800 different companies from 24 countries. In addition to gold awards, companies could receive silver, bronze and honors awards. Criteria used to choose winners include cover and inside design, writing, financial presentation and how well the spirit of the company is reflected in the annual report.

"The theme of our 2003 summary annual report is 'A Time for Quality.' We're pleased that our efforts to communicate clearly and through creative design how Anthem delivers quality to our members, communities and the medical professionals with whom we collaborate has been recognized for its own quality," said Anthem Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Glasscock.

The ARC Awards are sponsored by Mercomm, Inc., the world's only independent awards organization founded with the mission to advance the standards of excellence in the fields of corporate communications. The ARC Awards are considered the most highly respected and prestigious by peers in the industry.

Anthem's mission is to improve the health of the people it serves. Anthem, Inc. is an Indiana-domiciled publicly traded company that, through its subsidiary companies, provides health care benefits to more than 12.6 million people. Anthem is the fourth largest publicly traded health benefits company in the United States and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Anthem is the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Colorado, Nevada, Maine and Virginia, excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. More information about Anthem is available at http://www.anthem.com .

SOURCE Anthem Inc.

Deborah New of Anthem Inc., +1-317-488-6350
http://www.anthem.com
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