UnitedHealth Group Supports Tornado Victims in Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi

January 07, 2011

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) and its family of companies, including UnitedHealthcare, Ingenix, OptumHealth and Prescription Solutions, are donating $10,000 to the American Red Cross to assist people in Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas who may have been affected by the recent tornadoes.

UnitedHealth Group participates in the American Red Cross’s Annual Disaster Giving Program.  The donation enables the Red Cross to provide additional support for shelters, meals, and clean-up and comfort kits, as well as mental health support for families in their communities.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people who suffered such tragic losses of life and property in this disaster,” said Kate Rubin, UnitedHealth Group vice president of Social Responsibility.  “We recognize the Red Cross as an organization that can immediately have a positive impact for the people affected, and we want to support it as it assists communities affected by the tornadoes.”

“UnitedHealth Group is a committed partner of the Red Cross in disaster preparedness and relief,” said Michael Brown, vice president of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships at the American Red Cross.  “Through its support of the Annual Disaster Giving Program, we are able to respond immediately to provide lifesaving services to families and communities during disasters like the recent tornadoes.”

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 onto RedCross.org or by 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.

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, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better.  With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through six operating businesses: UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, UnitedHealthcare Community & State, OptumHealth, Ingenix and Prescription Solutions.  Through its family of businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people worldwide.  Visit www.unitedhealthgroup.com for more information.