In response to the unprecedented, rapidly evolving COVID-19 public health emergency, UnitedHealth Group is committing an initial $50 million investment to fight the pandemic and help support those disproportionately affected by the outbreak, including health care workers, hard-hit states, seniors and people experiencing food insecurity or homelessness.
“We must take bold actions to support those in need and combat the COVID-19 virus,” said Dave Wichmann, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group. “This initial investment of $50 million will support that effort, as we continue to mobilize the full strength of our resources, deep clinical expertise, and compassionate team to deliver the best care for patients, support our members and care providers, and deliver innovative solutions that will benefit the entire health care system.”
Through several national and local partnerships that will be announced in the coming weeks, UnitedHealth Group and the United Health Foundation will invest approximately:
- $30 million in efforts to protect and support health care workers.
- $10 million to support states where COVID-19 is having an outsized impact, starting with New York, New Jersey, Washington, California and Florida.
- $5 million to address social isolation among seniors.
- $5 million to provide care and support for people experiencing food insecurity or homelessness.
In addition, UnitedHealth Group will match employee donations, dollar for dollar, to support the COVID-19 response efforts.
“We are partnering with leading industry and non-profit organizations to ensure resources are deployed quickly and effectively to accelerate the efforts to fight COVID-19 and provide support for those most impacted by this global health crisis,” Wichmann said.