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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is touting its efforts to boost Indiana communities. The health insurance provider says it directed more than $8 million last year to organizations and programs throughout the state. Workers also contributed hundreds of volunteer hours. March 20, 2013

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Indianapolis – March 10, 2014 – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s work to improve health and strengthen local communities continued in 2013, as the company directed a total of more than $8 million and hundreds of volunteer hours to health-improving causes, organizations and programs in Indiana.

“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is committed to transforming health care with trusted and caring solutions, and that extends directly to our work in communities throughout Indiana,” said Rob Hillman, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana. “We’re proud to support the organizations and programs that are working to help our friends and neighbors live their healthiest lives possible.”

Through its State Health Index – a compilation of public health measures – and Healthy Generations grant program, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its foundation work to identify the health issues most in need of attention and then direct charitable support and volunteer efforts toward improving those areas.

Major areas of focus for Anthem in 2013 included promoting active lifestyles and working to reduce the devastating impact of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease on Indiana’s children, adults and seniors.

“We’ve been a part of Indiana communities since 1944,” said Hillman. “And while the health care system has changed a lot since then, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to serving our members and improving the health of Hoosiers. “Direct charitable contributions from our Indiana associates, combined with matching funds from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation resulted in nearly $1.2 million given to health related causes in Indiana last year.”A summary of the company’s 2013 efforts:

Grants from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s parent company foundation were awarded to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, OASIS Institute, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Disabled Sports USA and the American Red Cross.

Indiana grants from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation were awarded to organizations such as the Special Olympics, CICOA and Shepherd Community Center.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield also sponsored several community events and organizations last year, including the American Cancer Society’s Discovery Ball, the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, the Indiana Sports Corporation’s Corporate Challenge, the United Way of Central Indiana’s childhood obesity program, UNCF’s bowl-a-thon, and WFYI’s PBS Kids in the Park.

Source: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield