Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia Fact Sheet
Virginia Market Headquarters
2015 Staples Mill Rd.
Richmond, Virginia 23230
Thomas R. Byrd, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia
Number of employees in Virginia
Total Virginia membership (as of Jan. 31, 2006): approximately 2.9 million
| PPO membership: approximately 1.72 million|
| HMO membership: approximately 483,000|
| POS membership: approximately 22,000|
| Medicaid managed care: approximately 158,000--all of which are included in the HMO network |
| Medicare Supplement: approximately 110,000—approximately 2,300 are in the PPO network and nearly 107,000 are in PAR network products|
| Blue Card members account for the remainder of total membership|
| Public Sector Accounts|
| Commercial Accounts (1 to 5,000 employees)|
| National Accounts (5,000+ employees)|
| Medicare Supplemental and Medicare Part D Plans (Over-65 population)|
| Managed Medicaid populations|
| Commonwealth of Virginia employees and retirees|
| 37 percent of Virginia’s insured are enrolled in Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans. |
Provider Network Size
| PPO network offers access to more than 22,600 MDs and allied health care professionals.|
| HealthKeepers HMO network offers access to more than 12,500 MDs and allied health care professionals.|
| PPO network has 86 acute care hospital participants, equaling 100 percent participation.|
| HealthKeepers HMO network has 67 hospital participants with a participation rate of nearly 85 percent.|
Commitment to Virginia’s Senior Population
| We have provided a range of Medicare supplemental and Medigap products since Medicare’s inception.|
| We continue to focus on improving the value of our Medicare supplemental plans and our Medicare PPO products. |
| Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is now participating in the government’s Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, BlueMedicare Rxsm.|
| Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield also offers its members a variety of value-added health programs and discounts to add value to their membership plans and help improve their health and well-being.|
| We were a founding partner of SeniorNavigator.com, an internet guide for those that need of information on a particular health concern, and local services and providers for the elderly.|
In 2005, U.S. News & World Report ranked Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia’s affiliated Medicaid HMO plans (HealthKeepers, Peninsula Health Care and Priority Health Care) 10th among the Top 25 Medicaid health plans—earning the distinction as one of America’s Best Health Plans in the country.
U.S. News & World Report partnered with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to rank the Top 50 commercial HMO plans and the Top 25 Medicaid and Medicare plans nationally. The publication of the national rankings coincides with the release of NCQA’s annual State of Health Care Report.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia’s commercial HMOs were the highest ranked in the commonwealth-- ranking 88th overall.
In 2004, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assessing and reporting on the quality of managed care plans, awarded Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield full accreditation for its preferred provider organization (PPO) products, the highest level of PPO accreditation available from the NCQA.
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia is a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., the largest publicly traded commercial health benefits company in terms of membership in the United States. WellPoint, Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross 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 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 www.wellpoint.com
For more information for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield products and services in Virginia, please visit www.anthem.com
and choose “Virginia.”
Even though the names have changed, Blue Cross and Blue Shield has a rich history in Virginia--encompassing many decades of tremendous growth.
| 1935 – First Blue Cross Plan was organized in Richmond and Norfolk |
| 1936 – First claim that was received January 1936|
| 1936 – First Blue Cross baby Bert Rockey was born|
| 1944 – Blue Shield of Virginia was created|
| 1962 – Norfolk Blue Cross Merged with Richmond Blue Cross|
| 1965 – Lynchburg Blue Cross merged with Richmond Blue Cross|
| 1968 – Richmond plans adopted the names of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia|
| 1973 – Richmond reaches one million members in June|
| 1982 – In Richmond, Blue Cross merged with Blue Shield to form Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia |
| 1986 – Roanoke Blue Plan merged with Richmond Blue Plan|
| 1994 – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia changed its name to Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield|
| 1997 – Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield became a public company|
| 2000 – Trigon reaches two million members |
| 2002 – Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield merged with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield|
| 2003 – Anthem Southeast hit one million Dental members|
| 2004 – WellPoint Inc. merged with Anthem Inc. creating the largest health insurer in the world |
| 2005 – WellPoint merged with WellChoice|
Commitment to Our Communities
Several years ago we made a strategic decision to focus our corporate giving and cause marketing on three areas: heart health, the fight against cancer and support of Virginia's free clinics. This decision followed extensive research and benchmarking as to what approach would line up best with our business interests, produce the greatest impact for the community and result in the greatest recognition for the company. The strategy has worked well for us. We have indeed had a significant impact, and been recognized for our efforts.
Anthem is committed to the fight against cancer and participates in a number of fund-raising events, most notably three signature AnthemLIVE! events raising more than $1.5 million for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center, the Eastern Virginia Medical School, and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2003, Anthem brought to Richmond Jay Leno and Bruce Hornsby, in 2004 AnthemLIVE! featured tennis stars Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati, and in 2005 tennis pals James Blake and Andy Roddick joined John Mayer and Gavin DeGraw. Anthem created the Anthem Cancer Research Endowment Fund in 2002 with an initial commitment of $250,000 to support Massey's research efforts and contribute to the center's goal of attaining the National Cancer Institute's prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center status.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women, and Anthem supports fund-raising events throughout Virginia that benefit the American Heart Association, such as American Heart Walks in Virginia Beach, Roanoke and Richmond. Anthem was the founding sponsor of the heart gala in Richmond, and has raised more than $4 million for cardiovascular research and educational programs since 1993.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has taken a major leadership role in supporting the free clinics that provide health care to Virginia's uninsured. In fact, no other health plan or private company in the history of the state has supported the delivery of free medical care to those in need on the same scale or for the same length of time as Anthem. For more than a decade, Anthem has backed free clinics with money and manpower. Total direct financial support to the state's free clinic movement has been more than $8 million since 1992, including $650,000 contributed in 2005. Thanks to the work of free clinic proponents and support from Anthem, Virginia has more than 45 free clinics -- the most in any state.
Anthem’s mission is to improve the health of the people it serves. The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies provide health care benefits to more than 12.6 million people. They are subsidiaries of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ATH); all are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Anthem is the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Colorado, Nevada, Maine and Virginia, excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. More information about Anthem is available at www.anthem.com