UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) and its UnitedHealthcare and Optum
businesses are donating $1.5 million to help residents of North Carolina
and South Carolina recover and rebuild from Hurricane Florence.
UnitedHealth Group will donate $1 million to the North Carolina Disaster
Relief Fund and $500,000 to the One SC Fund.
The company also announced it will match dollar-for-dollar donations
employees make to charities supporting recovery efforts.
“We are deeply concerned for the people affected by Hurricane Florence,
and we are committed to supporting local communities in the Carolinas as
they recover and rebuild,” said David S. Wichmann, chief executive
officer, UnitedHealth Group. “We are also taking action to ensure the
people we serve have easy access to the care they need, and have worked
to ensure the safety and well-being of our colleagues in the region.”
In addition to financial support for the affected communities,
UnitedHealth Group will mobilize clinical and care delivery assets to
help provide access to care through:
Deployment of Mobile Clinics: UnitedHealthcare is partnering
with Matrix Medical Network to deploy mobile clinics to provide health
care directly to people living in areas affected by Hurricane
Florence. The mobile clinics, which will be staffed by
UnitedHealthcare and other local clinicians, will be deployed
throughout areas affected by the hurricane and other areas determined
by needs in consultation with local public health officials.
Emergency Kit and Prescription Drug Donations: OptumRx will
work with Healthcare Ready to supply emergency kits and prescription
drug donations to residents affected by Hurricane Florence in the
Free Emotional-Support Help Line: Optum is offering a
free emotional-support help line to people affected by the hurricane.
The toll-free number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge
and open to anyone. Callers may also receive referrals to community
resources. Along with the toll-free help line, emotional-support
resources and information are available online at www.liveandworkwell.com.
About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health care company
dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and helping to make the
health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealth Group offers a
broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms:
UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits
services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled
health services. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com
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