UnitedHealthcare's PlanBien Named Health Care Program of the Year by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
MIRAMAR, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2011) The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has named UnitedHealthcare's PlanBienSM "Health Care Program of the Year" for its innovative suite of health plans that enhance the health and well-being of Spanish-speaking residents.
PlanBien was recognized at the chamber's 17th annual Sunshine Awards ceremony where UnitedHealthcare of South Florida was among nearly 30 local businesses and organizations honored for its contributions and achievements within the Hispanic community.
"As one of the largest Hispanic chambers of commerce in the United States, we are proud to see that there is a health care program that's specifically designed for Hispanics with all the program information in Spanish. This demonstrates UnitedHealthcare's commitment to the Hispanic community across our nation," said Liliam M. Lopez, president and CEO, South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
From left: Santiago Quintana, Jr., chairman, South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Liliam M. Lopez, president and CEO, South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Bryan Palmer, vice president of small business sales, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of South Florida; Ray Coto, CFO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of South Florida; and Ramon Antelo, board member, South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
PlanBien services include bilingual online provider directories that list physician offices with Spanish-speaking doctors and/or staff; dedicated Spanish-speaking customer service representatives to answer questions and help plan participants locate Spanish-speaking doctors; specialized educational materials printed in both Spanish and English; and a bilingual website that provides a variety of health and wellness educational resources and tools especially designed for Spanish-speaking consumers.
PlanBien is available to small and medium-sized businesses, labor organizations and public-sector entities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The program is provided at no additional cost to employers or plan participants and allows customers to access UnitedHealthcare's national care provider network of more than 650,000 physicians and 5,000 hospitals. Since it launched in 2008, more than 100,000 plan customers nationwide have opted to use the program, with 25,000 joining so far this year. In South Florida, PlanBien is offered in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, with more than 7,000 UnitedHealthcare plan participants taking advantage of the program.
"Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority group in the United States, and UnitedHealthcare's PlanBien is tailor-made for businesses and organizations with Spanish-speaking employees, removing language as a barrier when dealing with complex or personal topics like their health or health care benefits," said Nick Zaffiris, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of South Florida. "PlanBien exemplifies UnitedHealthcare's commitment to providing its Hispanic plan customers innovative tools designed to help them best manage their health care coverage."
UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, serves 2.6 million Florida residents with a health care network of 230 hospitals and more than 28,000 physicians statewide.
For more information about PlanBien and UnitedHealthcare's Latino Health Solutions, including additional bilingual resources such as wellness tools and health-related articles, go to www.uhclatino.com.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.