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New Health Insurance Options Available for Small Businesses in Washington.

* Through a partnership between UnitedHealthcare and Affiliated Associations of America, businesses with two to 100 employees have access to a host of health benefit plans

SEATTLE -- Washington-based small businesses with two to 100 employees now have access to a host of commercial health benefit options through a partnership between UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) company, and Affiliated Associations of America (AAOA).

AAOA offers various member benefit programs for chambers of commerce, trade associations and professional organizations that in turn share these benefits with their own members. AAOA offers a variety of programs and benefits to its members including health care coverage.

Beginning May 1, 2008, AAOA will offer a range of options from UnitedHealthcare's product portfolio. AAOA members, depending on their needs, will have the ability to choose from 16 different plan designs, including PPOs and consumer-driven health plans such as health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement accounts (HRAs).

In addition, UnitedHealthcare plans include a suite of wellness programs designed to help consumers make more informed health and lifestyle choices. All UnitedHealthcare participants have access to www.myuhc.com, UnitedHealthcare's interactive Web site, where consumers can find more information about their benefits, print temporary ID cards, locate a physician or health care facility, and more.

"We are collaborating with a trusted partner in the Affiliated Associations of America in order to better serve small businesses by providing affordable, quality health plans that meet their specific health care needs," said Jonathan Hensley, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Washington. "We are pleased that AAOA selected UnitedHealthcare as its partner in expanding access to health care for more businesses and consumers in Washington."

"AAOA is designed to empower small businesses in Washington to better leverage their collective purchasing power and provide more affordable, flexible health care solutions for their employees," said Patrick Chestnut, president of AAOA. "Our agreement with UnitedHealthcare will give AAOA members greater access to more affordable health care coverage for their employees and dependents."

More information on AAOA is available at 425-968-0545 or by visiting www.aaoamerica.org.

About the Affiliated Associations of America

The Affiliated Associations of America is a National Association headquartered in Redmond, Washington and provides service to more than 1.5 million members nationwide. "Our Mission is to value the relationships that our Association and Chamber members have with their individual members; to strive to be a strong voice for our members on the issues; to reach out to all Associations and Chambers; to build strong long-lasting partnerships; to provide the benefits and services that increase and retain membership; and work to keep businesses profitable".

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare (www.unitedhealthcare.com) provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of more than 25 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 560,000 physicians and care professionals and 4,800 hospitals nationwide to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group, a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
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