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WellPoint State Sponsored Business Appoints Former West Virginia State Medicaid Director as Vice President Account Management

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today announced the appointment of Nancy V. Atkins as vice president of Account Management in its State Sponsored Business Unit, responsible for the leadership and oversight of relationships at regulatory agencies across the country. In addition, Atkins will represent State Sponsored Business on policy and regulatory matters in the current states where WellPoint serves Medicaid beneficiaries.

"WellPoint is fortunate to add the quality of experience and expertise Nancy will bring to her new role," said John Monahan, president, State Sponsored Business. "Her professional experience in representing the Medicaid program to national, state and local agencies, coupled with her clinical background in nursing will be invaluable as we work with states to develop and support programs to meet the needs of the members we serve." Monahan added, "Nancy's national viewpoint of health care is further enhanced by her experience serving as a voting member of the National Medicaid Commission, established by the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt."

Prior to joining WellPoint, Atkins served as commissioner of the Bureau of Medical Services and the state Medicaid director in West Virginia. She spent six years overseeing West Virginia's complex $2.2 billion Medicaid program and ensured compliance of the state's Medicaid program with state and federal rules, policies, and standards. In addition, she served as the national chair of the executive committee for the National Association of State Medicaid Directors and on the board of directors for the American Public Human Services Association.

Atkins' career spans more than 25 years in health care as a Nurse Practitioner and later transitioned into the legislative arena as Commissioner of the Bureau of Medical Services and the State Medicaid Director in West Virginia. Atkins received her Master of Science in Nursing at Bellarmine College in Kentucky, a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Care Administration at St. Joseph's College in Maine and was certified as a Nurse Practitioner in Women's Health Care in 1979.

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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