June 16, 2008

UnitedHealth Group/PacifiCare Awards More Than $6.2 Million in Grants to Help Improve Health Care in California

As part of its ongoing commitment to California, UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) and PacifiCare have awarded more than $6.2 million in grants to benefit health care consumers and improve the delivery of health care services in the Golden State.

The grants, ranging from $100,000 to $2.5 million, have been awarded to 12 California nonprofits dedicated to improving health care services through enhanced health care technology opportunities, supporting clinical education and driving preventive health initiatives.

"UnitedHealth Group and PacifiCare are committed to investing in a healthier California," said David Hansen, CEO, Pacific Region of UnitedHealthcare. "We do this by offering products and services that address access to quality health care for all Californians, and also through grants to diverse community health organizations statewide that will help improve the health care delivery system for everyone, including underserved populations."

The grants announced today include:

-- $100,000 for Salinas-based Center for Community Advocacy to help launch a Gang Violence Prevention Initiative as part of an existing farm workers health, housing and leadership development infrastructure;

-- $250,000 to San Francisco-based North East Medical Services to purchase and implement a chronic disease management system;

-- $250,010 to San Fernando-based Partners in Care Foundation to create a population-based program, targeting African Americans, with the goal of improving access to and utilization of end-of-life care;

-- $276,859 to Stockton-based Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County for start-up costs for the Therapeutic Services for Children and Families Program;

-- $277,059 to Riverside-based Community Health Systems Inc. to purchase and install new communications technology for the purpose of more effectively managing patient care;

-- $322,540 to The Children's Clinic in Long Beach to implement an electronic medical records system for its six clinics;

-- $326,357 to Quincy-based Plumas District Hospital to upgrade its telemedical capabilities;

-- $334,268 to Grass Valley-based Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation to implement a communitywide health information exchange system;

-- $394,470 to Sacramento-based La Cooperativa Campesina de California to expand patient and physician use of a personal health record system designed for low-income populations with sporadic access to care;

-- $396,057 to Santa Clara-based Community Health Partnership to implement a clinical information management system for the purpose of improving patient care;

-- $841,140 to Fresno-based Kings View Behavioral Health System to implement a telemedical delivery system that enables patients facing geographic and cultural barriers to access mental health services;

-- $2.5 million to the Health Professions Education Foundation to expand its clinician support program that helps place clinical professionals in underserved communities.

The grants are part of a $25 million commitment to California by UnitedHealth Group and PacifiCare. The grants and their identified uses are well-aligned with UnitedHealth Group/PacifiCare's historic and ongoing commitment to improve the health care delivery system across California.

Today's grants represent the second phase of proposal applications, which were received early this year. In January, 15 nonprofit organizations statewide were awarded more than $6 million in grants.

The third phase of the grant-application process begins July 2 and ends Aug. 18. Copies of the Request for Proposal, which includes complete instructions and information on qualifications, are available online at www.pacificare.com and www.unitedhealthcare.com.

UnitedHealth Group offers health benefits, including commercial and Medicare health plans, to nearly 2.5 million Californians and partners with about 50,000 physicians across the state.

About UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to making health care work better. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through seven operating businesses: UnitedHealthcare, Ovations, AmeriChoice, Uniprise, OptumHealth, Ingenix, and Prescription Solutions. Through its family of businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 70 million individuals nationwide.