UnitedHealth Group Supports Tornado Victims in Minnesota
MINNETONKA, Minn. (June 28, 2010) UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) and its family of companies, including UnitedHealthcare, Ovations, AmeriChoice, OptumHealth, Ingenix, Prescription Solutions and UnitedHealthcare Military and Veterans' Services, are taking immediate action to assist people who may have been affected by the recent tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in seven counties across Minnesota. This includes a $10,000 donation toward the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which will help support people affected by the tornadoes and thunderstorms, and opening a counseling help line for local residents.
- Support for the American Red Cross UnitedHealth Group is donating $10,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. UnitedHealth Group participates in the Annual Disaster Giving Program of the American Red Cross. The donation will enable the Red Cross to provide support for shelters, meals, and clean-up and comfort kits, as well as mental health support for families and individuals in the affected communities.
- Help Line for Community Residents OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group's health and wellness business, is providing a free help line for people coping with the emotional consequences of the tornadoes. Staffed by experienced master's-level behavioral health specialists, the help line offers assistance to callers seeking help in dealing with stress, anxiety and the grieving process. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, such as financial and legal issues.
The toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as necessary. This service is free of charge to all Minnesotans even if they are not UnitedHealthcare customers. Resources and information are also available online at liveandworkwell.com and in Spanish at mentesana-cuerposano.com.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people and local Minnesota communities who suffered such tragic losses of life and property in this disaster," said Jeannine Rivet, executive vice president, UnitedHealth Group. "The Red Cross is making an immediate, positive impact for the people affected, and we want to support it as it helps these communities in the recovery effort."
People interested in providing additional assistance can contact the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help provide food, shelter and counseling for people affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes by logging on to RedCross.org or calling 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) to make a donation. Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to a local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013.
"Thanks to the generosity of our Annual Disaster Giving Program members, the Red Cross is able to mobilize supplies and staff to provide help to people and communities in need," said Neal Litvack, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. "These contributions, along with the support of the American public, are critical during tornadoes and similar disasters because they enable the Red Cross to rush immediate relief to disaster victims before the first donation has been given."
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or subscribe to our blog at blog.redcross.org.
About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group 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 six operating businesses: UnitedHealthcare, Ovations, AmeriChoice, OptumHealth, Ingenix, and Prescription Solutions. Through its family of businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves 75 million individuals worldwide.