Spahr Named Director of WellPoint's Vision Business

Jul 19, 2006, 01:00 ET from WellPoint, Inc.

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff S. Spahr,
 previously manager of planning and development for WellPoint's Specialty
 Products division, has been promoted to director of the Vision business. In
 his new role, Spahr is responsible for all planning and the strategic
 direction for WellPoint's Vision products, which cover more than 900,000
     Among the new products is Blue View Vision(TM), which is in the midst
 of a nationwide rollout through WellPoint's Blue Cross and Blue Shield
 licensed affiliates. WellPoint and its affiliates cover more than 900,000
 vision enrollees through a nationwide network of more than 35,000
 independent and retail providers.
     "Jeff has developed a consistent record of excellence managing
 WellPoint's Specialty products, and he will do the same growing Vision,"
 said Derek Bridges, President of WellPoint's Dental and Vision lines.
     Spahr has worked on a variety of endeavors since joining WellPoint in
 2001, including the implementation of the organization's Sarbanes-Oxley
 compliance program. A Certified Public Accountant, Spahr earned his MBA
 from Pepperdine University and bachelors degree in business administration
 from California State University, Chico.
     About WellPoint, Inc.
     WellPoint's (NYSE:   WLP) 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

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