Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Committed $4 Million to Improving Health and Strengthening Indiana Communities in 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield today announced that its foundation
and 5,000 Indiana associates contributed nearly $4 million and 4,500
volunteer hours to health-related causes and community events in 2016.

“Indiana has been our company’s home since 1944. We care deeply about
improving public health in our state,” said Robert Hillman, president of
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana. “By working with
non-profit health organizations and community leaders across the state,
we know that we’re having a positive impact on the communities we serve.”

Highlights from 2016 included:

  • 1,100 youth learned the importance of healthy, active lifestyles
    through the Foundation’s support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of
    America. Grants were awarded to clubs in Evansville, Richmond,
    Northwest Indiana, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, Tippecanoe
    County and St. Joseph County.
  • Working with the American Heart Association, nearly 7,000 people were
    trained in hands-only CPR, and a new training kiosk was installed at
    Indianapolis International Airport to teach travelers this life-saving
    technique.
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation support of the March of
    Dimes enabled more than 200 pregnant women to enroll in a successful
    prenatal care program that resulted in a lower pre-term birth rate
    than the national average.
  • With the Foundation’s funding, the OASIS Institute’s CATCH Healthy
    Habits program reached nearly 400 adults and 700 kids and resulted in
    an increase in physical activity by adult volunteers and an increase
    in kids’ consumption of vegetables.
  • A $1 million grant to United Way of Central Indiana in 2016 is helping
    to create healthier environments for thousands of low-income
    preschoolers in Indianapolis. The funding supports the creation of
    safe indoor and outdoor play spaces.
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation partnered with the USO of
    Indiana to help 80 Indiana National Guard members, at risk of
    discharge because of their inability to meet fitness requirements,
    remain in active duty by engaging them in an intensive health and
    fitness challenge.
  • Financial support for the American Lung Association resulted in
    hundreds of Hoosiers enrolling in smoking cessation programs
    throughout the year.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield associates also contributed personally
and financially to improving Indiana communities last year, volunteering
more than 4,500 hours of service and making charitable donations that
totaled nearly $700,000 with a match from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue
Shield Foundation.

“At Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, we are committed to the health
and well being of Indiana communities,” said Hillman. “I’m proud that
Anthem associates gave so much personally and financially last year in
pursuit of that mission.”

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Insurance
Companies, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and 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 Blue Shield Association.
Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in
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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 Indiana
Tony Felts
Tony.Felts@anthem.com
317-287-6036