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Media Contact: Cheryl Monkhouse
(404) 842-8516
cheryl.monkhouse@bcbsga.com

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Announces $20,000 Grant to Red Cross for Tornado Relief

ATLANTA – May 12, 2011 – To help Georgia residents recover and rebuild after recent tornados and extreme weather, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) today announced its corporate foundation is granting $20,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief. The funds will be used by the Red Cross to provide supplies, medical assistance and comfort to Georgians in the 16 counties impacted by the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow Georgians who lost loved ones, homes and businesses in the recent storms,” said Morgan Kendrick, president of BCBSGa.  “While no amount of financial assistance can ever erase the pain and suffering caused by these terrible storms, we are pleased to be able to contribute to current and future relief efforts. The Red Cross delivers care and hope when it is needed the most and we thank them for all they are doing to get our friends and neighbors back on their feet.”

In addition to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation grant, BCBSGa is encouraging its associates to make individual donations to the American Red Cross for storm relief.

The Red Cross grant is a part of BCBSGa’s ongoing work to improve the lives of the people it serves and the health of our communities. Each year BCBSGa, its Foundation and its associates donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to help meet the health and economic development needs of Georgia. The health plan’s work in its communities is conducted not only through the programs and grants it supports each year, but also its annual, companywide Community Service Day and Associate Giving Campaign. Public health and first-responder agencies, such as the Red Cross, are featured charities in the campaign. 

Additional information about BCBSGa’s public health and social responsibility efforts is available at www.wellpointcorporateresponsibility.com.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The Blue Cross Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is available at www.bcbsga.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinInBCBSGa or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin.

About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation
Through charitable grant making, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that the company 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 annual associate giving campaign and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. To learn more about the Foundation please visit www.wellpointfoundation.org.

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