Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin Receives Multicultural Health Care Distinction from the National Committee for Quality Assurance

Health Plan is honored for its achievement in providing culturally
diverse programs and decreasing health disparities among Wisconsinites

MILWAUKEE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin announced today that is
has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance
(NCQA), which awards distinction to organizations that meet or exceed
its rigorous requirements for multicultural health care. In
acknowledgement of these efforts, NCQA awarded the health plan with the
Multicultural Health Care Distinction, which recognizes organizations
that lead the market in providing culturally and linguistically
sensitive services and that work to reduce health care disparities.

“As the demographics of Wisconsin shift and become more diverse, it is
essential that we’re able to continue providing high quality healthcare
to all of our Medicaid members and providers,” said Leon Lamoreaux,
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin Medicaid plan president. “We
are honored to receive the NCQA Multicultural Health Care Distinction
and believe this award validates our unwavering commitment to making a
positive impact in the diverse communities we serve.”

In addition, NCQA also awarded the Multicultural Health Care Distinction
to 16 other Medicaid health plans affiliated with Anthem Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Wisconsin’s parent company.

“Earning Multicultural Health Care Distinction shows that an
organization is making a breakthrough in providing excellent health care
to diverse populations. I congratulate any organization that achieves
this level of distinction,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.
“Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care is essential
to improving the quality of care overall.”

The NCQA Multicultural Health Care Distinction is a symbol of quality in
organizational efforts to address the diverse needs of its members. The
Multicultural Health Care Distinction evaluates organizations, such as
health plans, wellness, disease management, and managed behavioral
health organizations, through use of an evidence-based set of
requirements. These standards create a roadmap for improving and
refining initiatives.

About Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin

Anthem is one of 18 health insurance companies in Wisconsin offering
BadgerCare Plus. BadgerCare Plus is for pregnant women, children age 19
and under, and adults who meet income requirements.

Anthem is one of 10 health insurance companies in Wisconsin offering
Medicaid SSI. Medicaid SSI is for Wisconsin residents who receive
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and offers extra support to adults
with special health care needs or a disability.

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health
care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care
organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas
of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality
information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers, and
researchers.

Contacts

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin
James Freeman –
Director of Public Relations
215-756-2495
James.Freeman2@anthem.com