Press Release

WellChoice to Release First Quarter Results on April 22, 2004

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 18, 2004--WellChoice, Inc. (NYSE: WC) will release its first quarter 2004 financial results after the market closes on Thursday, April 22, 2004. The company will also host a conference call and webcast later that same day at 5:30 PM (EST) to review these results.

The conference call can be accessed domestically by dialing (800) 784-3697. International participants dial (706) 643-1656. Please ask for reference number 6284655 ten minutes prior to the start of the call. An audio replay of the call will be available for seven days following the conference call. To access the replay, please dial (800) 642-1687 and enter reference number 6284655. International callers can access the replay by dialing (706) 645-9291 and enter reference number 6284655.

Investors, analysts and the general public are invited to listen to the conference call over the Internet by visiting WellChoice's Web site at Financial, statistical and other information, including GAAP reconciliations, related to the conference call will also be available on the site.

To listen to the live webcast, please visit the WellChoice Web site at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the call to download and install any necessary audio software. A webcast replay also will be available for seven days following the conference call.

Individuals who listen to the call and/or webcast are encouraged to read WellChoice's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003, including the discussion of risk factors and WellChoice's historical results of operations and financial condition.

About WellChoice

WellChoice, Inc. is the parent company of the largest health insurer in the State of New York based on PPO and HMO membership. WellChoice, through its Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield subsidiaries, has the exclusive right to use the Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and marks in 10 downstate New York counties and one or both of these names and marks in selected counties in upstate New York. WellChoice offers a broad portfolio of products, including managed care and traditional indemnity products, and has a broad customer base including large group, middle-market and small group, individual, and national accounts. Additional information on WellChoice can be found at

CONTACT: For WellChoice, Inc.
Media/Investor Contact:
Deborah Loeb Bohren, 212-476-3552
Lisa Greiner, 212-476-7011

SOURCE: WellChoice, Inc.

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