UnitedHealthcare's New Health Benefit Product Featuring "High-Performance Networks" Expands to Northern California

  UnitedHealthcare's New Health Benefit Product Featuring "High-Performance
  Networks" Expands to Northern California

  *SignatureValue Alliance gives employers additional quality, cost-effective
    health care coverage options for their employees
  *New plan portfolio features high-performance networks that deliver
    evidence-based, cost-efficient care

Business Wire

CONCORD, Calif. -- December 03, 2012

UnitedHealthcare is expanding its “SignatureValue Alliance” health plan to
Northern California, giving local business owners a new health plan option
featuring high-performance care provider networks committed to delivering
effective, evidence-based and cost-efficient care.

The SignatureValue Alliance plan is available to Northern California
businesses with 51 or more employees. The plan enables employers and employees
to save on their health care costs through lower premiums while still having
access to a wide range of traditional and deductible HMO plans.

The Alliance care provider network includes four large physician groups in
Northern California that include 27 hospitals and nearly 12,600 physicians and
specialists. Participating Alliance physician groups are: Sutter Health,
including the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sutter East Bay Medical
Foundation, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Sutter Medical Foundation, and
Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation; Brown & Toland Physicians; Affinity Medical
Group; and DCHS Medical Foundation. Together, the Alliance network provides
its plan customers a broad selection of quality facilities, physicians and
specialists across Northern California.

The participating medical groups were included based on technological
sophistication, clinical performance and quality measures, and an ability to
deliver health care cost savings. High-performance networks, which include
physicians rated both on quality and efficiency measures, are becoming
increasingly popular as a way to improve outcomes and more effectively manage

“UnitedHealthcare’s SignatureValue Alliance offers the quality and value
employers are looking for when choosing their health coverage because it
combines the affordability of an HMO with access to high-quality health care
professionals,” said Brandon Cuevas, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California.
“Plan participants enjoy comprehensive health benefits coverage and access to
a wide, local care provider network of quality doctors and hospitals.”

“Sutter Health and UnitedHealthcare share the commitment to provide consumers
across Northern California with access to high-quality, affordable care,” said
Peter Anderson, senior vice president, Strategy and Business Development at
Sutter Health. “The SignatureValue Alliance plan helps to deliver on that

UnitedHealthcare’s SignatureValue Alliance was launched in Southern California
and Fresno County earlier this year. Now, the new health plan is available in
15 additional Northern California and North San Joaquin Valley counties,
including: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Merced, Placer, Sacramento, San
Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma,
Stanislaus and Yolo.

“UnitedHealthcare’s SignatureValue Alliance provides California employers with
a new health plan option that is helping provide high-quality, cost-effective
care,” said John Connell, president of Leavitt Group, a health benefits
broker. “This type of high-performance care provider network is both
innovative and an important step in helping California employers continue to
offer quality, affordable health benefits to their employees.”

About UnitedHealthcare
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 38 million people and is one of
the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50
health and well-being company.


Matthew Yi, 714-226-3842
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