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Dec.28.05WellPoint and WellChoice Complete Merger
Newly Combined Company Expands Role in Creating Affordable Quality CareINDIANAPOLIS, and NEW YORK, Dec 28, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) and WellChoice, Inc. (NYSE: WC) announced the completion of their merger today. The companies' agreement to merge was announced September 27, 2005. Under the terms of the agreement, WellChoice stockholders will receive $38.25 in cash and WellPoint stock at a fixed exchange ratio of .5191 of a share of We... 
Dec.22.05WellPoint to Hold Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Fourth Quarter Results on January 25, 2006
Click here for printer-friendly version INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) will release fourth quarter 2005 financial results on January 25, 2006, at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Management will review these results and its 2006 outlook during a conference call at 8:30 a.m. EST that same morning. The conference call should be accessed at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call with the following numbers: 888-... 
Dec.14.05WellPoint Announces Brand Strategy for National Accounts Business
All National Accounts business to be offered as Anthem National Accounts INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As part of WellPoint's (NYSE: WLP) efforts to provide clear distinction for its products and services to large, multi-state employers throughout the United States, it is announcing today that all National Accounts business will now be offered under the Anthem Blue brand as Anthem National Accounts in the company's thirteen Blue states. "As a part of the compa... 
Dec.06.05WellPoint Highlights Strong 2006 Outlook at Annual Investor Meeting
INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today hosted its 2005 investor conference in New York City and provided detailed company guidance for 2006. During the meeting, senior management recapped the successes of 2005 and discussed the company's strategic plans and outlook for 2006 and beyond. "Looking back, 2005 was a truly outstanding year for the company," said Larry C. Glasscock, chairman, president and chief executive officer of WellPoint, I... 
Dec.01.05WellPoint Announces Webcast of Its Conference With Investment Community and Appearances at Upcoming Conferences
INDIANAPOLIS, Dec 01, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today announced that it will conduct a live webcast of its Investor Conference on Tuesday, December 6, 2005. The meeting will be hosted by Larry C. Glasscock, chairman, president and chief executive officer of WellPoint, Inc., and will feature several presentations by the senior leadership of the Company. The event is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and c... 
Nov.14.05WellPoint Announces Appearance at Upcoming Conference
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that senior management is scheduled to appear at the Credit Suisse First Boston 2005 Healthcare Conference on November 17, 2005. The presentation is expected to begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the presentation by visiting http://www.wellpoint.com and selecting the "Investor Info" link. A webcast replay will be ... 
Nov.03.05WellPoint Announces Appearances at Upcoming Conferences
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that senior management is scheduled to appear at the following conferences: CIBC World Markets 16th Annual Healthcare Conference on November 7, 2005: The presentation is expected to begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the presentation by visiting http://www.wellpoint.com and selecting the "Investor Info" link. A webcas... 
Oct.26.05Third Quarter 2005 Earnings Conference Call Transcript
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Oct.26.05WellPoint Reports Results for Third Quarter 2005
Click here for printer-friendly version * Medical enrollment reached approximately 29 million members, increasing by more than 1.5 million members over comparable prior year * Net income was $1.02 per share, an increase of 20 percent over prior year period * Operating cash flow reached $928 million, or 1.4 times net income * Board of Directors increased share repurchase authorization from $1 billion to $2 billion, upon closing of pending merger with WellChoice, Inc.INDIANAPOLIS, Oct 26,... 
Oct.26.05WellPoint Announces Changes to Leadership Team
New Regional Structure is Created to Reflect Growth in Operations New Chief Information Officer is Named for CompanyINDIANAPOLIS, Oct 26, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today two organizational changes in the company's senior leadership team. Tom Snead, currently president and chief executive officer of the Southeast Region will leave the company during the first quarter of 2006. Snead joined the company in 2002 as part of the m... 
Oct.12.05WellPoint Promotes Two Key Executives
Susan Rawlings, President, Senior Services and Senior Vice President for WellPoint Lynne Gross, President, Senior Markets, Central Region and Senior Vice President for WellPoint INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today announced the promotions of Susan Rawlings to president of Senior Services and senior vice president for WellPoint and Lynne Gross to president of Senior M... 
Oct.05.05WellPoint Announces Strategic Relationship with Walgreens for Medicare Part D Services
Providing Proactive Outreach, Education and Enrollment Information for Medicare Eligible Beneficiaries INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today announced a new strategic relationship with Walgreen Co. (Walgreens) to provide pharmacy services to Medicare Part D beneficiaries nationwide. The relationship is intended to address the needs of Medicare beneficiaries through proactive outreach, education and enrollment info... 
Oct.03.05WellPoint Offers Medicare Eligible Individuals Access To New Prescription Drug Plans Nationwide and Regional Affordable Health Plan Options
Plans Offered Through WellPoint Affiliated Companies Promote Value and AffordabilityINDIANAPOLIS, Oct 03, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today announced that they will offer three Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans through their affiliated companies nationwide that will enhance affordability, increase access and provide exceptional value for Medicare beneficiaries. In addition, new Medicare Advantage Regional PPO plans are now availa... 
Sep.27.05Transcript of the WellPoint-WellChoice Merger Announcement
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Sep.27.05WellPoint and WellChoice to Merge
Click here for printer-friendly version Merger Builds on Shared Consumer Focus and Leadership in Serving Large National Employers INDIANAPOLIS and NEW YORK, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) and WellChoice, Inc. (NYSE: WC) jointly announced today that they have signed a definitive merger agreement whereby WellChoice would operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint. The transaction brings together WellChoice, th... 
Sep.23.05WellPoint Companies Awarded Medicare Part D Contracts Nationwide
CMS Awards Part D Contracts to WellPoint Affiliated Companies in All 50 States and Approves Various Medicare Advantage Regional ProductsINDIANAPOLIS, Sept 23, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded contracts to WellPoint affiliated companies to offer Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans (prescription drug plans) to eligible Medicare beneficiaries in all 50 states. As... 
Sep.22.05WellPoint to Hold Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Third Quarter Results On October 26, 2005
Click here for printer-friendly version INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) will release third quarter 2005 financial results on October 26, 2005, at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Management will review these results and its 2005 outlook during a conference call at 8:30 a.m. EDT that same morning. The conference call should be accessed at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call with the following numbers: 888-42... 
Sep.15.05WellPoint Announces Appearance at Upcoming Conference
INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that senior management is scheduled to appear at the Banc of America Securities 35th Annual Investment Conference on September 22, 2005. The presentation is expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the presentation by visiting http://www.wellpoint.com and selecting the "Investor Info" link. A webcast replay will be ... 
Sep.07.05WellPoint Affiliates Adjust Health and Pharmacy Guidelines for Members Affected by Hurricane Katrina
INDIANAPOLIS, Sept 07, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Pharmacy benefit management companies and health benefit plans at WellPoint (NYSE: WLP) today announced revised medical and pharmacy guidelines to help members who are directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The revised guidelines will help members quickly access needed medical care and prescription drugs in the wake of the devastation caused by last week's hurricane. Members affected by the hurricane should... 
Sep.06.05WellPoint Announces Appearances at Upcoming Conferences
INDIANAPOLIS, Sept 06, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that senior management is scheduled to appear at the following conferences: Bear Stearns 18th Annual Healthcare Conference on September 12, 2005: The presentation is expected to begin at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the presentation by visiting http://www.wellpoint.com and selecting the "Investor Info" link.... 
Jul.27.05Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call Transcript
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Jul.27.05WellPoint Reports Results For Second Quarter 2005
Click here for printer-friendly version Company Also Raises Full Year Earnings Guidance * Medical enrollment exceeded 28.8 million members, growing by 1.6 million members over comparable prior year, with increases in all customer segments * Operating revenue surpassed $11.1 billion, an 8 percent comparable increase * Net income was $0.90 per share on a split adjusted basis, including expenses of $0.10 per share related to the agreement resolv... 
Jul.27.05Second quarter GAAP reconciliations
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Jul.11.05WellPoint Reaches Key Agreement With Physicians
Resolves Two Major National Multi-District Lawsuits INDIANAPOLIS, July 11, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that it has reached an agreement with representatives of more than 700,000 physicians nationwide involved in class- action lawsuits filed in federal court. WellPoint is the nation's leading health benefits company, with 28.5 million members. The agreement is an important step that will further accelerate the company's current eff... 
Jul.11.05WellPoint Settlement Agreement (filed on July 11, 2005), exhibits thereto including proposed orders and notices, and motion for preliminary approval
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Jun.16.05WellPoint to Hold Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Second Quarter Results on July 27, 2005
Click here for printer-friendly version INDIANAPOLIS, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) will release second quarter 2005 financial results on July 27, 2005, at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Management will review these results and its 2005 outlook during a conference call at 8:30 a.m. EDT that same morning. The conference call should be accessed at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call with the following numbers: 888-... 
Jun.09.05WellPoint Completes Acquisition of Lumenos
Creates Market Leader in Consumer-Driven Health Care INDIANAPOLIS, June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Lumenos. Under the terms of the acquisition that was first announced on May 4, 2005, the stockholders of Lumenos will receive $185 million in cash. Lumenos will remain headquartered in Alexandria, Va., as a wholly owned operating division of WellPoint. Chip Tooke will continue in his role as chief execu... 
Jun.08.05WellPoint Announces Appearance at Upcoming Conference
INDIANAPOLIS, June 8, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that senior management is scheduled to appear at the Goldman Sachs 26th Annual Global Healthcare Conference on June 15, 2005. The presentation is expected to begin at 10:40 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the presentation by visiting http://www.wellpoint.com and selecting the "Investor Info" link. A webcast replay will b... 
Jun.02.05WellPoint Ranks Fourth in Barron's 500 List of Top Performing Stocks
INDIANAPOLIS, June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) received a top five ranking in the 2005 edition of Barron's 500, an annual list that ranks 500 company stocks according to their performance for investors. "Barron's ranking confirms that WellPoint is one of the premier investments in North America," said WellPoint Chief Financial Officer David Colby. "Our commitment to reducing administrative costs is helping to keep health insurance more affordable for our... 
May.12.05WellPoint Announces Appearance at Upcoming Conference
INDIANAPOLIS, May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that senior management is scheduled to appear at the Banc of America Securities Health Care Conference on May 19, 2005. The presentation is expected to begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the presentation by visiting http://www.wellpoint.com and selecting the "Investor Info" link. A webcast replay will be available through Ju... 
May.04.05Wellpoint Announces Strategic Acquisition of Lumenos
Consumer-Driven Innovator Joins with WellPoint to Create Market Leader in Consumer-Driven Health Care INDIANAPOLIS, May 4, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Lumenos, a pioneer and market leader in consumer-driven health programs. Since its founding in 1999, Lumenos has built well-recognized consumer-driven products, services and capabilities to drive consumerism in health care toda... 
Apr.29.05WellPoint Announces Appearance at Upcoming Conference
INDIANAPOLIS, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that senior management is scheduled to appear at the Morgan Stanley Third Annual Global Healthcare Unplugged Conference on May 5, 2005. The presentation is expected to begin at 8:45 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the presentation by visiting http://www.wellpoint.com and selecting the "Investor Info" link. A webcast replay will be a... 
Apr.27.05WellPoint Reports Results for First Quarter 2005 and Announces 2-For-1 Stock Split
Click here for printer-friendly version Net income was $611.7 million, or $1.97 per share, which included a $0.09 per share benefit from a recently received favorable tax ruling Medical enrollment increased by 793,000 members during the quarter to exceed 28.5 million members SG&A expense ratio improved by 130 basis points versus prior year period Full year 2005 expectations increased to $7.94 per share from $7.75 per ... 
Apr.27.05First Quarter GAAP Reconciliations
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Apr.27.05First Quarter Earnings Conference Call Transcript
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Apr.05.05WellPoint to Hold Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss First Quarter Results on April 27, 2005
Click here for printer-friendly version INDIANAPOLIS, April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) will release first quarter 2005 financial results on April 27, 2005, at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Management will review these results and its 2005 outlook during a conference call at 8:30 a.m. EDT that same morning. The conference call should be accessed at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call with the following numbers: 888-... 
Mar.22.05WellPoint Announces Appearance at Upcoming Conference
INDIANAPOLIS, March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that senior management is scheduled to appear at the Lehman Brothers Eighth Annual Global Healthcare Conference on March 31, 2005. The presentation is expected to begin at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the presentation by visiting http://www.wellpoint.com and selecting the "Investor Info" link. A webcast replay will be availa... 
Mar.01.05WellPoint Announces Appearance at Upcoming Conference
INDIANAPOLIS, March 1, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that senior management is scheduled to appear at the Raymond James 26th Annual Institutional Investors Conference on March 7, 2005. The presentation is expected to begin at 9:50 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the presentation by visiting http://www.wellpoint.com and selecting the "Investor Info" link. A webcast replay... 
Feb.16.05David Colby of WellPoint Named Top CFO in Managed Care for Second Consecutive Year
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb 16, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- For the second time in two years, David C. Colby, WellPoint, Inc.'s executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), has been named the best chief financial officer in America for the managed care sector by Institutional Investor magazine. This is Institutional Investor magazine's second annual ranking of CFOs. Colby ranked highest in his sector from an Institutional Investor magazine survey of nearly 1,400 por... 
Feb.08.05WellPoint Announces Appearance at Upcoming Conference
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb 08, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that senior management is scheduled to appear at the 2005 UBS Global Healthcare Services Conference on February 14, 2005. The presentation is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the presentation by visiting http://www.wellpoint.com and selecting the "Investor Info" link. A webcast replay will... 
Feb.07.05Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call Transcript
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Feb.07.05WellPoint Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2004
Click here for printer-friendly version * Medical enrollment exceeded 27.7 million members at December 2004 * Operating revenue reached $6.7 billion in the fourth quarter 2004 * SG&A expense ratio improved by 270 basis points, to 17.0 percent * Net income was $0.92 per share, exceeding previous expectations by $0.02 per share * Full year 2004 operating cash flow was $1.3 billion, or 1.4 times net income INDIANAPOLIS, Feb 07, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -... 
Jan.07.05WellPoint to Hold Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Fourth Quarter Results on February 7, 2005
Click here for printer-friendly version INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) will release fourth quarter 2004 financial results on February 7, 2005, at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Management will review these results and its 2005 outlook during a conference call at 8:00 a.m. EST that same morning. The conference call should be accessed at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call with the following numbers: 888... 
Jan.07.05WellPoint Guidance Conference Call Transcript
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Jan.07.05WellPoint Updates Earnings Outlook for 2004 and 2005
Click here for printer-friendly version INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today announced updated earnings guidance for 2004 and 2005. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2004 is expected to be approximately $0.90 per diluted share. This estimate includes: * A loss of $0.47 per diluted share due to the successful repurchase of surplus notes in December of 2004 * Expenses of $0.31 per diluted share for merger-related un... 
Jan.03.05WellPoint Announces Appearance at Upcoming Conference
INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that senior management is scheduled to appear at the 23rd Annual JPMorgan Healthcare Conference on January 10, 2005. The presentation is expected to begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast of the presentation by visiting http://www.wellpoint.com and selecting the Investor Info link. A webcast replay will be available until 1:... 
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