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Joseph A. Frick, Independence Blue Cross CEO, Receives Philadelphia Urban League Honor

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Community Empowerment Lunch Salutes Local Business Leaders

Philadelphia, PA - December 4, 2009 - At noon today, Independence Blue Cross president and chief executive officer Joseph A. Frick was honored with the 2009 Urban League of Philadelphia Business Leader Award. This is the 7th annual presentation of the award that was created to salute a leader who has provided time, talent, and resources to help further the mission of the Urban League of Philadelphia - to advance the empowerment of African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights.

The award was presented today at the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Community Empowerment Awards Lunch, held at the Loews Hotel Philadelphia. The award is named after the fourth executive director of the National Urban League who, in 1961, brought the Urban League into the Civil Rights arena, thereby meshing the tenets of Civil Rights activism with the practices of social work.

"I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award today, and to be recognized by an organization that has played a key role in strengthening Philadelphia's business community for decades," said Frick. "Independence Blue Cross and the Philadelphia Urban League have worked closely together over the years and I'm proud of the partnership we've built," added Frick.

"Joe has done a tremendous job strengthening the pipeline for young high school students to obtain valuable skills and access to mentors through summer internships," said Patricia Coulter, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Philadelphia. "We are pleased to honor an Independence Blue Cross leader who cares deeply about improving our region's community, and who has achieved a great deal to empower business and economic growth for Philadelphia."

Frick joined IBC in 1993, and has led Independence Blue Cross since January 2005. He succeeded former IBC president and CEO G. Fred DiBona. In October 2008, Frick completed a two-year term as chairperson of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the boards of the Chamber and its CEO Council for Growth. In addition, he is a member of the boards at La Salle University and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recently, Frick became a member of the Executive Committee of the Committee of Seventy. Nationally, he serves on the boards of directors for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

At today's event, four other prominent honorees were presented awards: Andrea Agnew, director of diversity and inclusion at Comcast, received the Volunteer Award; Sulaiman Rahman, owner of UrbanPhilly.com, LLC, received the Young Urban Award; Dilworth Paxson LLC received the Community Service Award; and OARC (Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation, Inc.) received the Community Leader Award.

About Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.3 million people. For more than 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross's HMO and PPO health care plans have consistently received the highest ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Independence Blue Cross supports comprehensive health care reform that would extend coverage to all Americans, reduce costs, and improve quality. We also advocate reform that builds on the current employer-based system that currently serves 170 million Americans. Learn more about our views on health care legislation now working its way through Congress by visiting our website.

Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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