Submitted by UnitedHealth Group
MINNETONKA, MN - June 19, 2008 - Responding to the floods that have now affected seven Midwestern states, UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is donating $50,000 each to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to assist in emergency relief and recovery efforts. At the same time, UnitedHealth Group is taking a series of other immediate actions to help people who have been adversely affected by the floods.
OptumHealth, the health and wellness business of UnitedHealth Group, has made available a free help line to all people in the Midwest who are trying to cope with the emotional consequences of the floods that hit the region. Staffed by experienced master's-level behavioral health specialists, the free help line offers callers assistance with a range of personal concerns including stress, anxiety and the grieving process. People can call toll-free (866) 342-6892 for assistance. This line will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as necessary. Resources and information are also available at www.liveandworkwell.com.
To directly assist health plan members, UnitedHealth Group and its family of companies is taking these steps to help members:
Jeannine Rivet, executive vice president, UnitedHealth Group said: "The Midwest flooding situation has grown in scope over the past week. Many people's lives have been seriously disrupted by these terrible floods. Our hearts go out to those who have lost property, homes, and businesses in these floods."
Added Rivet: "We want to support organizations that can immediately have a positive impact in the states affected by these devastating floods. UnitedHealth Group employees in the affected states will also be organizing and mobilizing hands-on volunteer support for the relief effort. Volunteerism is an important part of UnitedHealth Group's culture. Our UnitedVolunteers are here to serve and to make a difference in the communities which have been hit hard by the floods."
UnitedHealth Group recently unveiled a new Web site dedicated to the company's social responsibility efforts (www.unitedforhealthiercommunities.com). This new Web site features UnitedHealth Group's commitment to preventing disease and promoting health, addressing racial and social disparities in health care, improving medical knowledge and education, encouraging volunteerism, and fostering corporate citizenship. The site expands on UnitedHealth Group's annual Social Responsibility Report and supports the company's commitment to accountability and transparency in all that it does.
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