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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Invests in Clean Air, Healthy Lungs

(January 15, 2019) -

For more information please contact:

James Martinez
[email protected]
(312) 445-2501

Today, the American Lung Association in Indiana announced that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the 10th anniversary of the Fight For Air Climb at Salesforce Tower. This is the fifth year that the company has sponsored the event, which has resulted in a significant investment that funds local programs to support clean air and healthy lungs.

The Fight For Air Climb, set for March 9, attracts thousands of Indiana residents who race up the stairs of Salesforce Tower (47 floors, 1,054 steps) in an effort to raise awareness and money to fight lung disease.

“Through events like the Fight For Air Climb, we are able to fund our work to improve air quality, educate residents on lung health and help people who suffer from lung disease,” said Tanya Husain, executive director for the Lung Association. “But we can’t do it alone. Our partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield helps us provide vital support to our community. From funding asthma education, to providing resources to those suffering from lung cancer, this support makes people’s lives better every day.”

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a health insurance plan provider that works with the state of Indiana to offer the Hoosier Healthwise (HHW), Hoosier Care Connect (HCC) and Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) health insurance programs for 386,000 Medicaid beneficiaries.

“Anthem is proud to partner with the American Lung Association to support the Fight for Air Climb because we understand the role this event plays in promoting clean air and healthy lungs for our consumers and our communities,” said Dr. Kimberly Roop, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid Plan President. “Through the Fight for Air Climb, Anthem is able to make a key contribution towards finding a cure for lung disease and we hope to see our community come together for a fun and inspiring event.”

In Indiana, more than one million people suffer from lung disease, including more than 4,500 who battle lung cancer. The Fight For Air Climb raises awareness for lung disease, raises money for life-saving research, and funds critical local programing like educational programs to help local children better manage their asthma and free programs to help locals quit smoking.

Registration for the 2019 Fight For Air Climb is currently open online or by calling 317-819-1181.

About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

ABOUT ANTHEM BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD:
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield works with the state of Indiana to offer the Hoosier Healthwise (HHW), Hoosier Care Connect (HCC) and Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) health insurance programs for 435,000 Medicaid beneficiaries. HHW is a health care program for children up to age 19 and pregnant women that covers medical care like doctor visits, prescription medicine, mental health care, dental care, hospitalizations, and surgeries. HCC offers individuals who are aged 65 years and older, blind, or disabled and who are also not eligible for Medicare health plans that provide the most appropriate care based upon individualized needs. HIP covers residents age 19 through 64 including low-income families. Anthem has administered benefits and services for HHW since 2007, HCC since 2015 and HIP since 2008.

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