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WellPoint Announces Appearance at Upcoming Investor Conference

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 2004--WellPoint Health Networks Inc. (NYSE:WLP - News), the nation's second largest health insurer, today announced that members of its senior management are currently scheduled to appear at the Merrill Lynch Global Drug, Biotech and Medical Devices Conference on Wednesday, September 22, 2004.

WellPoint's presentation is expected to begin at approximately 4:10 p.m. London time. Investors, analysts and the general public are invited to listen to this presentation free on the Internet by visiting WellPoint's Web site at and clicking on Investor Info>Events/Webcasts. Statistical and other financial information discussed during the presentation will also be available on the Web site. A replay of the webcast will not be available.

To listen to the live webcast, please visit the WellPoint Web site at least 20 minutes early to download and install any necessary audio software. Individuals who listen to the call will be presumed to have read WellPoint's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003, as amended by Amendment No. 1 on Form 10-K/A, and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 30, 2004.

Conference date and time are subject to change and are based upon current expectations.

WellPoint Health Networks Inc. serves the health care needs of 15.5 million medical members and 46.2 million specialty members nationwide through Blue Cross of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin, HealthLink and UNICARE. Visit WellPoint on the web at Blue Cross of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

     WellPoint Health Networks Inc.
     Angie McCabe, 805-557-6796

Source: WellPoint Health Networks Inc.

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