Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation committed $1.8 million to improving health and strengthening Colorado communities in 2016

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DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield today announced that its foundation
and 2,000 associates in Colorado contributed $1.8 million and 2,100
volunteer hours to health-related causes and community events in 2016.

“We’ve had deep roots in communities throughout Colorado for 79 years,”
said Mike Ramseier, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in
Colorado. “We’ve always believed that we have an obligation as a company
to make our communities better and healthier. I am pleased that we
fulfilled that commitment to Colorado again in 2016.”

Highlights included:

  • Hundreds of youth learned the importance of healthy, active lifestyles
    through Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation’s support of the
    Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Seven grants were awarded to clubs in
    Pueblo County, Larimer County, the San Luis Valley, Colorado Springs
    and Denver.
  • Working with the American Heart Association, 250 people were trained
    in hands-only CPR, part of a national effort to increase the survival
    rate of those who suffer cardiac arrest.
  • A team of 60 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield associates rode in
    Colorado Bike MS in Ft. Collins and raised more than $40,000 for the
    National MS Society.
  • We provided adaptive sports programming to Disabled Sports USA for 80
    youth and wounded warriors in Denver.
  • In partnership with the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, we
    provided dozens of blind and visually impaired athletes opportunities
    to increase physical activity through goal ball, running, yoga,
    exercise classes and rowing.
  • A grant of nearly $600,000 to the philanthropic arm of the Colorado
    Hospital Association is aimed at reducing the number of low-birth
    weight deliveries and preterm births in the state.
  • Financial support for the American Lung Association resulted in
    hundreds of Coloradans enrolling in smoking cessation programs
    throughout the year.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield associates also contributed personally
and financially to improving Colorado communities last year,
volunteering more than 2,100 hours of service and making charitable
donations that totaled nearly $200,000 with a match from the Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.

“We are proud to serve more than one million Coloradans,” said Ramseier.
“Our 2,000 associates know that Colorado is a great place to live and do
business. In 2017, we will continue to work with the nonprofit community
to improve the health and well-being of all who call Colorado home.”

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Rocky Mountain
Hospital and Medical Service, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue
Cross Blue Shield Association. ® ANTHEM is a registered
trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue
Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue
Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and
Blue Shield in Colorado is available at www.anthem.com.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue
Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the
health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses its
funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative
solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy
Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets
specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal
care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity
rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical
activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal
and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also
coordinates the company’s Associate Giving program which provides a 50
percent match of associates’ campaign pledges, as well as its Volunteer
Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. ®ANTHEM is a
registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross
and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Association.

Contacts

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado
Tony Felts
Tony.Felts@anthem.com
317-287-6036