UnitedHealthcare and Optum Donate $205,000 to Support Eastern Kentucky Communities Devastated by Recent Flooding

August 10, 2022 | 3 min Read
  • Funds will be used to address urgent needs and long-term rebuilding efforts

UnitedHealthcare and Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), announced today a $205,000 donation to help eastern Kentucky residents following the devastating flooding that impacted local communities.

The funds will support immediate needs, as well as longer-term recovery and rebuilding efforts, including:

  • Kentucky Rural Health Collaborative – Established by the Kentucky Primary Care Association; $98,750 to provide relief to Community Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics in the flooded region.

  • Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund – Established by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear; $98,750 to assist those impacted by the floods and the severe weather system.

  • Need More Acres – Kentucky-based farm delivering food to affected communities; $7,500 to support urgent delivery of food boxes to 150 families who have been displaced, injured or lost power due to the flooding.

“We are devasted for the people of eastern Kentucky and hope these funds will help the community begin to rebuild,” said Krista Hensel, chief executive officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kentucky “We are deeply concerned for the people affected by the flooding, and we are focused on helping our network providers, community partners, and members as they recover.”

UnitedHealthcare is taking immediate action to ensure that eastern Kentuckians have access to the care they need and remains committed to these communities as they begin the journey to recover and rebuild.

The company is also making it easier for people to access care, including the ability to conduct a Virtual Visit with a doctor* through the UnitedHealthcare smartphone app.

About UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a health care and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone through two distinct and complementary businesses. Optum delivers care aided by technology and data, empowering people, partners and providers with the guidance and tools they need to achieve better health. UnitedHealthcare offers a full range of health benefits, enabling affordable coverage, simplifying the health care experience and delivering access to high-quality care. Visit UnitedHealth Group at and follow @UnitedHealthGrp on Twitter.

*Additional out-of-pocket costs may be required for telemedicine services depending on the plan and any applicable state requirements.