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WellPoint Promotes Dennis Casey to President and CEO of UniCare

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today announced that Dennis Casey has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of UniCare, a life and health insurance subsidiary based at the Sears Tower in Chicago.

"Dennis Casey has a 30-year career in the health insurance business and an impressive record of accomplishments in our organization," said Angela F. Braly, president and chief executive officer of WellPoint, Inc. "The combination of his experience and understanding of the complex health care industry make him the right choice for UniCare, a company that plays a critical role in WellPoint's success."

Casey has been with the company for 26 years, serving most recently as president and general manager of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana since 2000. He will begin his new role at UniCare on August 27.

Dijuana Lewis, WellPoint president of local group business, will oversee the Indiana plan on an interim basis. Lewis is familiar with the Indiana health care market, having previously served as the vice president of health care management for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana.

UniCare is a national health insurance company dedicated to the delivery of quality health benefits and related products to employers, seniors and individuals in all 50 states. UniCare offers a full range of health insurance products, vision, dental, life, disability and student health plans.

WellPoint expects to announce a permanent successor to Casey in the near future.

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint's mission is to improve the lives of the people it serves and the health of its communities. WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefits company in terms of commercial membership in the United States. Through its nationwide networks, the company delivers a number of leading health benefit solutions through a broad portfolio of integrated health care plans and related services, along with a wide range of specialty products such as life and disability insurance benefits, pharmacy benefit management, dental, vision, behavioral health benefit services, as well as long term care insurance and flexible spending accounts. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, WellPoint is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves its 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 Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as Empire Blue Cross or Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.

SOURCE WellPoint, Inc.

CONTACT: Tony Felts, +1-317-287-6036, or Investor Relations: Michael Kleinman, +1-317-488-6713, both of WellPoint, Inc.

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