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UnitedHealthcare Brings Affordable Health Care Options to Small Business Owners With Benchmark Solutions
New health plan portfolio offers access to UnitedHealthcare’s consumer-friendly tools and incentives; affordable plan choices now available for sole proprietors and businesses with 2 – 99 employees

MINNEAPOLIS (June 19, 2006) — 

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, has introduced UnitedHealthcare Benchmark Solutions sm – a new suite of affordable, consumer-centric health plans designed specifically to meet the needs of small-business owners, who rank medical costs as their No. 1 concern.

Small-business owners who take advantage of UnitedHealthcare Benchmark Solutions can offer employees affordable health care, as well as put access to important health care tools at their employees' fingertips. All Benchmark Solutions plans include access to UnitedHealthcare's useful, practical tools, incentives and services that give members up-to-date information about their plan, as well as the ability to more actively participate in programs that help improve their health and well-being. UnitedHealthcare members have access to a range of personal and online connections that include individualized, personal health coaching; easy-to-use cost and quality information for physicians and hospitals; health statements that incorporate plan transactions and account information; and access to the largest national network of health care professionals and facilities.

Developed for individuals and for small businesses that employ 2 – 99 employees, Benchmark Solutions offers small-business owners a menu of affordable health plan choices ranging from traditional benefits to consumer-driven health plans that provide a new, alternative approach to health care. The suite of plans includes access to the increasingly popular health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) that provide an opportunity for consumers to take greater control of their health care and make the best use of health care dollars with savings and investment options.

“At UnitedHealthcare, we listened to our small-business customers who told us they want affordable health plans that offer flexibility and choice,” said Simeon Schindelman, president of UnitedHealthcare's Small Business Group. “We tailored a solution that meets their unique needs by incorporating a variety of affordable plan choices, including HSAs and HRAs that employers can match to their business priorities.”

Current market data show the demand by employers for consumer-driven health plans is increasing. A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research Education Trust indicates that the total market for consumer-driven health plans has tripled since the beginning of 2004; enrollment for 2006 is expected to reach 5 million to 10 million members and is projected to reach 40 million by 2010.

Small-business owners and sole proprietors interested in more information on UnitedHealthcare Benchmark Solutions can go directly to www.uhc.com and click on “Get a Quote.”

“For years, UnitedHealthcare has made significant investments designed to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of health care,” said Schindelman. “Integrating innovative, advanced technology and streamlined business processes has resulted in a proven and sustainable pattern of performance in lowering administrative costs, while maintaining comprehensive, robust health care benefits. Our experience in offering affordable health care for millions of consumers has given us the foresight and agility to create this suite of plans. We believe Benchmark Solutions addresses a critical need today and anticipates future needs of small-business owners.”

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare ( www.unitedhealthcare.com ) provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services, helping more than 25 million individual consumers nationwide achieve improved health and well-being through various health service systems. UnitedHealthcare arranges access to quality, affordable care with more than 500,000 physicians and care professionals and 4,600 hospitals across America . UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.