Published in the September/October 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
WellPoint has the largest medical membership of any health benefits company in the United States – about 34 million members in its affiliated health plans and roughly 65 million people served through its subsidiaries. The company delivers integrated healthcare plans and related services, along with specialty products such as life and disability insurance benefits; dental, vision, and behavioral health benefit services; long-term-care insurance; and flexible spending accounts. WellPoint is headquartered in Indianapolis.
The company was formed when WellPoint Health Networks Inc. and Anthem Inc. merged in 2004. WellPoint is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, serving members in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin; and specialty plan members in other states through UniCare.
Veterans like the fact that WellPoint encourages its employees to be innovative, disciplined, and socially responsible. In addition, WellPoint recognizes employees who lead by example in the office and in the community. WellPoint thrives on teamwork and collaboration. There is a focus on innovation, integrity, stability, and opportunity.
Dr. James W. Howatt was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, serving mainly as a flight surgeon and at a small hospital during his five years of active duty and several stints in the Air Force Reserve. At WellPoint, he is the staff vice president of care management in the Medicaid business division. As his title suggests, his main responsibility is to oversee WellPoint’s medical management for its Medicaid members. He has been with the company since June 2011.
Howatt believes that WellPoint is a great place for veterans. “There is a culture at WellPoint that veterans will like as well as tremendous respect for men and women who have been uniform,” he said. “The company likes veterans because they come with leadership skills, commitment to getting the job done, working under stress, taking orders, and executing as directed. We can make use of their excellent training and experience and offer employment and a career path in the healthcare industry.”
WellPoint is developing a program to hire veterans with medical experience to be community outreach members of its Care Teams. Because many in the Medicaid population are frail elderly, homeless, and transient, in-home and on-site visits are the best ways to meet with them.