Company is also helping affected members access care, early prescription refills
MINNETONKA, Minn., September 3, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The United Health Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) – the parent company of UnitedHealthcare and Optum – announced a $1 million donation to help Louisiana residents recover and rebuild following the devastating impact of Hurricane Ida. The funds will be distributed among four community-based organizations that are helping local residents with immediate needs, as well as supporting longer-term recovery and rebuilding efforts:
For the second year in a row, UnitedHealth Group has been named one of the best places to work for disability inclusion in 2021 by the Disability Equality Index® (DEI). Companies with top ratings were acknowledged for their contributions toward disability inclusion through comprehensive policies, benefits and practices.
UnitedHealth Group once again earned a top score, which reflects the company's strong alignment with leading disability inclusion practices, including:
Grants will support programs that address maternal health outcome disparities, access to health care services and intimate partner violence.
Optum, a leading health services company and part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), has awarded $1.4 million in maternal health grants and will provide pro bono services to five community organizations aimed at improving maternal health outcomes and increasing health care access for underserved populations.
PHOENIX, May 27, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The United Health Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), has committed $3 million to Valle del Sol Community Health to help improve school-age children’s access to integrated health care in underserved communities throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.
“When we burned down, there were 11 other pharmacies in the Twin Cities that were burned down or impacted so they couldn't open. It was important for us to get up and running because this community had no pharmacies. We needed to be back in this neighborhood to support the needs here.” – Jim Stage, Owner, Lloyd’s Pharmacy
In the United States, the cost of care is continuing to rise. 43% of working-age adults did not have stable health insurance coverage last year, and 25% of adults with "adequate coverage" reported trouble paying medical bills in 2020, according to the Commonwealth Fund.
Speaking at a virtual event on health care costs hosted by Axios, OptumHealth Chief Executive Officer Dr. Wyatt Decker discussed opportunities to improve affordability by reducing health care cost trends and reducing out-of-pocket expenses for consumers.
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Editor's note: It's been a year since COVID-19 changed everything. We take a look back at some of the pandemic's biggest impacts.
Deneen Vojta was on spring break in Florida with her family as it became clear that COVID-19 was going to hit the United States in a big way.
Vojta, M.D., executive vice president for research and development at UnitedHealth Group, said that as the Trump administration rolled out early travel bans at the beginning of 2020, she decided to cut the vacation short and plan her return to Minneapolis to get to work.
At a virtual event on the future of health care hosted by Axios, UnitedHealth Group’s Dr. Deneen Vojta discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has redefined consumers’ expectations with the health care system and how the company is responding to meet those needs.
Vojta, who is chief physician executive for OptumLabs and executive vice president of Research & Development at UnitedHealth Group, highlighted opportunities to enhance the health care experience, sharing lessons learned from the past year.