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Anthem announces plans to rebrand as Elevance Health

Although Anthem is rebranding, the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans' names will not change.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

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Anthem plans to rebrand with a new name, Elevance Health, provided the change is approved by shareholders, the insurer said this week. The new name is meant to underscore the company's focus on "elevating" whole health, according to the .

The change was spurred partly by Anthem's evolution when it comes to offering products and services beyond traditional health insurance. Specifically, the company highlighted its digital capabilities, pharmacy, behavioral, clinical and complex care assets, with a focus on an "integrated, whole-person approach."

To improve health, "we must address whole health and the physical, behavioral, and social drivers that impact it," Anthem President and CEO Gail Boudreaux said in a statement. That need, she said, has steered Anthem away from being just a health benefits organization to more of a "health partner" with a holistic approach to health.

"Elevance Health represents who we are today," said Boudreaux. "Powered by industry-leading capabilities and a digital platform for health, Elevance Health's companies will serve people across the entire care journey, connecting them to the care, support, and resources they need to lead healthy lives. By simplifying every step and making health more equitable and accessible, Elevance Health will remain committed to helping everyone reach their full potential."

The corporate rebranding is a first step in the company's effort to optimize its brand portfolio, according to Anthem. While Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans' names will not change, the company expects to streamline other brands in the market to reduce complexities and improve consumer experiences.

WHAT'S THE IMPACT?

Anthem is one of the leading companies in the health insurance business. Through its affiliated companies, Anthem serves more than 118 million people, including more than 45 million within its family of health plans.

Rebranding has become a common practice in healthcare. In 2020, insurer Cigna launched Evernorth in a rebrand of its health services portfolio; Evernorth includes pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, specialty pharmacy Accredo and eviCore healthcare, which provides utilization management services for health plans or employer groups and outpatient diagnostic imaging service programs.

Insurer group AHIP rebranded last year, casting aside its old moniker, America's Health Insurance Plans, and now goes simply by AHIP. The organization said at the time that the rebranding effort was reflective of a renewed focus on collaboration, with the company signaling its intent to partner with governments and free market entities in a bid to improve care quality and coverage 鈥 encompassing mental and physical health, and everything from emergency care to chronic health conditions.

Even telehealth companies are engaged in rebranding efforts, with Doctor on Demand and Grand Rounds Health announcing merger plans last year in a move to rebrand as a more inclusive company, named Included Health.

THE LARGER TREND

Anthem's efforts to rebrand follow a number of moves in recent months, including an agreement in November to acquire Integra Managed Care, a managed long-term care plan in New York that provides assistance to adults with long-term care needs and disabilities.

In October 2021, Anthem Blue Cross and Providence St. Joseph Health System announced they were building out their value-based care program through a new partnership with Vim, the maker of a tech platform that connects payers and providers.

ON THE RECORD

"This is an exciting and necessary evolution for our business that has grown to more than 90,000 talented and dedicated associates, serving nearly 600 national employers, over 1.1 million care providers and alliance partners, and more than 118 million consumers," said Boudreaux. "Together, we will continue working tirelessly to make a healthier future a reality."

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