Beginning Nov. 15, nearly 180,000 UnitedHealthcare plan participants and their dependents in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., enrolled in fully insured, employer-sponsored health plans will be able to buy healthy foods at discounted prices through the Healthy Savings® program.
Healthy Savings can reduce monthly grocery bills for eligible users by more than $150. Program participants will receive a Healthy Savings card in the mail and can also download the Healthy Savings mobile app. After the card is activated online at www.HealthySavingsUHC.com, participants can purchase prequalified healthy foods from more than 200 food and beverage brands.
With Healthy Savings, there is no clipping, printing or downloading of coupons, as discounts are pre-loaded on accounts each week. Users can scan their cards or mobile apps at checkout. The discounts are instantly subtracted from their bill and are printed on their receipt. Eligible participants can use the Healthy Savings program at any Giant® Food, Shoppers® Food and Farm Fresh® store locations. There are more than 140 store locations in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The Healthy Savings mobile app, available at no charge at iTunes® or Google Play™, enables people to view available discounts, find nearby participating grocery stores and track accumulated savings through the program.
Weekly discounts are offered on products in the healthiest one-third of items in a grocery store, including fresh produce, milk, whole-grain bread, lean meats, eggs, yogurt and many other products. The food items are qualified through the nationally renowned Guiding Stars® nutrition guidance system, which rates the nutritional quality of food using information from the nutrition facts label and the ingredients list.
“Healthy Savings makes choosing healthier food easier and more affordable for thousands of people throughout Virginia and the District,” said Christopher Mullins, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of the Mid-Atlantic. “We believe individuals and families will appreciate Healthy Savings because it enables them to improve their diets, which can improve their health and well-being.”
“It is rewarding to make healthy foods more affordable for families across America,” said Chad Kelly, chief marketing officer of Solutran Inc., the parent company of Healthy Savings. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with UnitedHealthcare to help its plan participants in Virginia and the District eat healthier.”
Healthy Savings is available to eligible individuals and their dependents whose employers are based in the District of Columbia and in Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Loudoun, Madison, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Warren counties; and in the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas and Winchester.
UnitedHealthcare made Healthy Savings available last year to people enrolled in fully insured employer-based and individual health plans in parts of Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. Since its introduction, more than 500,000 people have received access to Healthy Savings.
UnitedHealthcare serves nearly 1.4 million people in Virginia and Washington, D.C., with a network of 123 hospitals and nearly 25,000 physicians and other care providers.
Healthy Savings® is a program which enables health insurance members to save on healthier foods without having to clip, print, or download coupons. Solutran S3 technology serves as the supporting substantiation platform behind the Healthy Savings program. The mission of Healthy Savings is to unlock the enormous potential within each individual with the goal of working together to improve the way America eats. The technology behind the Healthy Savings program is powered by Solutran, Inc., a Minnesota-based technology company specializing in electronic benefit transfer systems and payment solutions.
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, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.