Assistance for people who need immediate access to care or early refills of prescription medications
UnitedHealthcare is helping people affected by the deadly tornado that recently struck Joplin and surrounding communities, resulting in more than 125 fatalities.
Assistance includes: special measures to help ensure UnitedHealthcare plan participants residing in counties that have declared a state of emergency continue to have access to care and prescription medications; and financial support of the Red Cross’ relief efforts in affected communities.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who lost loved ones, were injured, lost their home or business as a result of this devastating tornado,” said Steve Walli, CEO of UnitedHealthcare’s Employer & Individual business in Missouri. “We are working closely with the Red Cross and others to address the urgent, immediate needs of the local community as they try to recover from this tragedy.
“We are also taking action to ensure our customers, physicians and hospital partners have all the support they need to ensure there is minimal disruption to care. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will take additional action as needed.”
The company is taking the following steps, effective immediately:
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; provides 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.
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 37 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.