September 27, 2005

CORRECTED: WellPoint to buy WellChoice

In the story headline "WellPoint to buy WellChoice for
about $6.3 billion" please correct headline and first paragraph
to read "$6.5 billion" instead of "$6.3 billion"

A corrected version follows.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Health insurer WellPoint Inc. on
Tuesday said it has agreed to buy WellChoice Inc. for around
$6.5 billion in cash and stock, in a deal that would give
WellPoint a stronger presence in the U.S. Northeast.

WellChoice is the largest health insurer in New York state
and the parent of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield.