Unitedhealthcare in the news

Kim Morris | May 6, 2009

Our current finance woes heighten the natural tendency to bash our health care gatekeepers. Insurance companies are certainly the most vulnerable targets for such criticism. Within this context, a complement paid to a health insurance from a government body actually seems newsworthy. This week the Catoosa County Georgia Board of Commissioners had good things to say about Unitedhealthcare. "United Health backed us when other companies wouldn't," the county official said. "They stepped forward for us," he said, adding, "It's a great thing for our employees in these economic times."

Health care costs are typically the fastest rising expense for any goverment body. Catoosa County approved the funding to renew of its health insurance with Unitedhealthcare for the coming year. Separately, Unitedhealthcare announces a series of enhancements to its individual health insurance policies in 24 states. Unitedhealthcare issues individual medical insurance through a network of companies called "UnitedhealthOne" that includes Golden Rule Insurance, Oxford Health Plans and Pacific Life Insurance.

The improvement include the addition of new features like stronger copay plan benefit designs, expanded preventive care coverage, lower prescription copay card deductible, and an expansion of lower cost deductibles and plan alternatives. Consumer demand for lower cost high deductible policies is rising as the trend toward consumer directed health care expands. Unitedhealthcare is also expanding dental and vision benefits in its insurance plans in response to increased consumer demand. Details of the enhanced benefits are available on a state-by-state basis on the UnitedHealthcare quote page at MedSave.com.

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