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WellPoint NextRx Receives National Leadership Award for Innovative Web Tool
Online health information program recognized for helping to reduce inappropriate medication use and improve patient compliance and self-care.
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct 12, 2007 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- WellPoint NextRx, a premier provider of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services, has received a 2007 Disease Management Leadership Award from the Disease Management Association of America (DMAA) for its innovative, Web-based Health Envelope(R) Program. WellPoint NextRx is owned by WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP), the nation's largest health benefits provider.

The DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance presented WellPoint NextRx with the leadership award for Outstanding Technology and Innovative Tool. WellPoint's Health Envelope(R) Program is a dynamic, Web-based health information and management solution designed to improve medication compliance and patient self-care while reducing inappropriate medication use.

"We're pleased to be recognized for being innovative and leveraging technology to help improve the overall health of our customers," said Renwyck Elder, president of WellPoint NextRx. "Health Envelope(R) offers valuable therapy and lifestyle management tools to help simplify and promote effective management of chronic conditions. With Health Envelope(R), we encourage our customers to be healthier, enabling them to live more productive lives."

Health Envelope(R), which is used by a portion of WellPoint NextRx customers, offers online access to general disease information as well as personalized member health information and interactive tools that promote healthy behaviors. The award-winning program uniquely facilitates personalized health education by integrating a member's medical, pharmacy and self-reported data, identifying health risks, and guiding the member to educational information with a goal to improve overall health.

"The Web has become an integral part of consumers' health care experience today," said Mary Scanlon, senior vice president, eBusiness and Consumer Technology, WellPoint, Inc. "Dynamic, personalized and targeted information, available through our Web site, is helping consumers make good health care decisions."

Health Envelope(R) is part of a full spectrum of PBM services offered by WellPoint NextRx, including clinical and medical management, consultative services, claims processing, network management, formulary management, mail order services and online tools and resources.

WellPoint NextRx was one of two corporate leaders in chronic disease care to be recognized on Sept. 16 at the association's 9th Annual Disease Management Leadership Forum in Las Vegas. In honoring the 2007 award recipients, DMAA President and Chief Executive Officer Tracey Moorhead praised the winners for "an exceptional level of leadership and innovation in population health management" and contributions that enhance health and the quality of care.

For more information about WellPoint NextRx and the Health Envelope(R) Program, visit www.wellpointrx.com.

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 Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as Blue Cross or 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.

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