North Haven, Conn. — Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut is ranked seventh in the nation out of 287 health insurance plans, according to the Nov. 17, 2008, issue of U.S. News & World Report /NCQA America's Best Health Plans 2008-09. This recognition as one of the nation's best health plans is the result of outstanding overall performance in clinical care measures, member satisfaction and NCQA accreditation, according to Anthem.

"We are very proud to be one of the highest-ranked plans in the country," says David Fusco, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut. "Our
ranking is a testament to the hard work our associates do every day to help
ensure members have access to the high-quality medical care they need, when they need it."

Anthem scored in the 90th percentile (i.e., the top 10 percentile of health plans in the nation) in several key Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Sets (HEDIS) Effectiveness of Care measures, including childhood immunizations, cervical cancer screening, high blood pressure and antidepressant medication management in optimal practitioner contacts for medication management.

America's Best Health Plans rankings are based on prevention, treatment and
customer experience scores on a range of measures that health plans
voluntarily report to NCQA. These scores are compiled in NCQA's Quality
Compass database.

Anthem Health Plans in Maine and New Hampshire also made U.S. News & World Report/NCQA's Top 20 commercial plans.

Source: PR Newswire

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