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Anthem EAP Launches New Web Site to Support Healthy Work and Home Lifestyles

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Anthem, Inc.'s program designed to help companies maintain an emotionally healthy workforce, has made available a new Web site, www.anthemeap.com , that provides instant access to various online resources and interactive tools to help employees better manage their work and home lives in an effort to improve or maintain their well-being.

"An organization's success is dependent upon a physically and emotionally healthy workforce," said Marty Dubin, Psy.D., vice president, Anthem EAP. "The Anthem EAP Web site is completely confidential and provides streamlined access to a wealth of content and self-service capabilities to help provide guidance when facing life's stressful challenges."

"Anthem EAP's new Web site is modeled after our award-winning and medically certified health information resource, MyHealth@Anthem," said Mary Scanlon, Anthem's vice president of eBusiness. "The design, based on strong Web usability principles, enables employees to obtain the information they need in the simplest and most efficient ways possible."

Available to all Anthem EAP members, the new services found on the Anthem EAP Web site include:

Self and Assisted Child and Elder Care Search and Referral Services

Employees and their family members use these capabilities to access child and elder care search tools. Users may enter search criteria and find appropriate facilities near their home or work locations within seconds.

Employer Resources Suite

This portfolio of services forms a unique online library of information that is specifically geared to assist the employer. Information regarding employment laws and guidelines, debt and credit information, tax information, and banking and financing information is available.

Cool Tools

These fun, interactive tools allow employees to use calculators, take self-care assessments, test their knowledge through quizzes, and watch animated guides regarding fitness and nutrition, illnesses and conditions, lifestyle and wellness, pregnancy and baby care, children's health, finances, and work.

Financial and Legal Tools

A financial- and legal-specific area offers employees a variety of tools to help them research life events. These capabilities include such information as will and estate planning, student loan payoff strategies, and state statute details.

Resource Center

This comprehensive source features self-service capabilities that allow employees to quickly and easily search for providers that offer help regarding addictions, adoption, child care, education, mental health and elder care.

Comprehensive Physical, Emotional and Caring Resource

Employees can access a wealth of information to help keep them and their loved ones physically and emotionally healthy. Articles, features, polls, spotlights and other resources are frequently updated to ensure employees always receive current information regarding physical health, emotional health, parenting and childcare, aging and eldercare, substance abuse and recovery, personal development, and health and fitness.

Glossaries

These powerful knowledge resources help employees not only navigate behavioral health terminology, but instantly access a topic that most interests them.

The new Web site also gives brokers, employers and providers more flexibility and control over the manner in which they access and gather details regarding Anthem EAP products, processes and services. The simple navigation makes it easy for clients and prospects to obtain the information they desire in the most effective manner possible.

The site's structure was designed to support future content enhancements. Later this year, Anthem expects to introduce additional self-service capabilities and content on its EAP Web site -- continuing Anthem's effort to better serve its customers and enhance their Web experience through improved communication and advanced technology.

"Anthem is dedicated to improving both the physical and mental health of the people it serves through various products and programs," added Dubin. "The Anthem EAP Web site provides employers with confidential and easily accessible online resources and interactive tools to help employees find help before minor issues turn into large, expensive problems that can lead to time away from work and lower productivity."

Anthem Behavioral Health offers confidential and timely behavioral health benefit management services as well as innovative employee assistance programs (EAP). The division currently administers behavioral health benefits for more than one million members of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans, and other health plans. The EAP programs currently serve more than 150,000 members nationally. The programs provide barrier-free access to an extensive network of community resources and licensed behavioral health counselors and provide distinctive employer support programs specifically designed to promote healthy people and healthy companies.

Anthem, Inc. is an Indiana-domiciled publicly traded company that, through its subsidiary companies, provides health care benefits to more than 11.9 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 immediate suburbs of Washington, D.C. More information about Anthem is available at www.anthem.com .

CONTACT: Heath Weber of Anthem, Inc., +1-513-336-2678, heath.weber@anthem.com

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