UnitedHealth Group and its UnitedHealthcare and Optum businesses are donating $500,000 to help residents of the Florida Gulf Coast region recover and rebuild from Hurricane Michael. UnitedHealth Group will donate the funds to the Florida Disaster Fund.
The company is matching dollar-for-dollar donations employees make to charities supporting recovery efforts.
“We are deeply concerned for the people affected by Hurricane Michael, and we are committed to supporting local communities in the Gulf Coast region 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 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 Clinic: UnitedHealth Group is partnering with Matrix Medical Network to deploy mobile clinics to provide health care directly to people living in areas affected by Hurricane Michael. The mobile clinic, staffed by WellMed and Optum clinicians, is being deployed in Panama City Beach, Fla.
- Emergency Kit and Prescription Drug Donations: OptumRx is working with Healthcare Ready to supply emergency kits and prescription drug donations to residents affected by Hurricane Michael in the Florida Gulf Coast Region. Additionally, UnitedHealthcare is providing hygiene kits to individuals and families affected by the storm.
- 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.
UnitedHealthcare took the following actions last week to support members preparing for Hurricane Florence.
For more updates on our response to Hurricane Florence, please visit www.uhc.com/employer/news.