CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Working to positively impact the health status of individuals and communities throughout Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee contributed more than $3 million in financial, in-kind and volunteer efforts to more than 200 organizations during 2005.

Those efforts are highlighted in the company’s annual Community Relations Report now available online at www.bcbst.com/about/community/corporateinvolvement.shtm.

“Being a good corporate citizen extends beyond our daily efforts to finance affordable and quality health care for our members,” said Calvin Anderson, vice president of federal and community relations for BlueCross. “It also includes our work to advance the health and well-being of all communities and citizens throughout Tennessee.”

The theme for the 2005 report is “connecting communities to healthier futures.” According to Anderson, this is accomplished by emphasizing healthy living, health care access and quality of life in all the company’s outreach efforts.

BlueCross provides support through several giving channels, including its Community Trust, the Tennessee Health Foundation, sponsorships of events or health initiatives, corporate gifts, and the volunteer efforts and contributions of more than 4,000 employees.

Newest to the company’s giving sources is the Tennessee Health Foundation, established to award grants focused on high impact initiatives across the state. The Foundation began issuing grants in the spring of 2005. Those grantees included the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and the Urban League of Greater

Chattanooga Inc. for their obesity initiatives; the ETSU School of Pharmacy for its new college of pharmacy; 10 volunteer-based health clinics for their work to deliver direct care for free or reduced costs to the state’s under- and uninsured; and NAMI of Tennessee for its efforts to provide mental health outreach services to the uninsured.

“Regardless of the means by which we provide assistance, we try to ensure that we are supporting organizations, events and programs that benefit Tennesseans with proven, solution-oriented efforts and research,” Anderson said.

About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust was formed in 1999 and began operation in January 2000 as a social welfare organization in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(4). As a charitable foundation licensee, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust has a mission to support the communities we serve. We provide this support through charitable giving to those programs that enhance and emphasize healthy living, health care access and quality of life for all.

About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc.

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation Inc. (THF) was established in December 2003 as a 501(c)(3) foundation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee by awarding grants focused on high impact initiatives across the state, which promote healthy lifestyle choices and help control health care costs for all Tennessee residents. THF, working with civic and economic partners, is dedicated to the support of research, innovative programs and creative approaches to improve the health and quality of life of Tennesseans for generations to come.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.