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UNITED HEALTHCARE ESTABLISHES MINNESOTA GRANTS PROGRAM, CALLS FOR PROPOSALS -- $2 MILLION EARMARKED FOR HEALTH SERVICES PROJECTS IN STATE

 MINNEAPOLIS, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Minnesota-based United HealthCare Corporation (NYSE: UNH)(UHC), a leading national health care management company, said today it is offering up to $2 million in funding to support projects that address unmet health care needs among Minnesota residents. The "United HealthCare/Minnesota Partnerships Program" will be administered by UHC's Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation. The center is UHC's quality-of-care and research arm.
 United HealthCare issued a call today to interested non-profit organizations within the state for proposals for one- to two-year projects aimed at fulfilling the Partnerships Program's objectives. Chief among these objectives, said UHC's chairman and chief executive officer, William W. McGuire, M.D., is that the funds awarded will lead directly to services that improve health care access and quality for targeted populations.
 "The partners we're seeking are organizations whose experience, expertise and existing infrastructure can transform our funding into maximum benefit for currently underserved Minnesota populations, in both rural and metropolitan areas," McGuire said.
 Policy Center President Sheila T. Leatherman said that targeted populations include -- but are not limited to -- children, the elderly, rural residents, inner-city residents, the homeless, and victims of domestic abuse. "Our criteria for proposals are intentionally broad. We want this program to serve health care needs of populations that lack access to insurance or other needed forms of benefits," Leatherman said. "Therefore, we will be looking to the expertise of Minnesota's many front-line service organizations and agencies to help us identify currently unmet needs along with services that can, with UHC funding, help address them."
 McGuire said that in initiating the Minnesota Partnerships Program, United HealthCare -- which serves more than 23 million lives through health plan and specialty operations in all 50 states -- is also saluting the state in which it was founded. "We're proud of our company's contributions nationwide in improving health care cost, quality and access, and we owe a debt of gratitude to Minnesota for its leadership in recognizing early on the value and potential of managed care," McGuire said.
 United HealthCare Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, was founded in 1974 to serve consumers, payers and providers of health care. Minnesota's 9th largest publicly held company, UHC employs 3,200 persons in Minnesota and 4,850 nationwide; 1,467 employees were added in Minnesota during the past 15 months. The company currently ranks as the state's top-performing company in terms of five-year return to shareholders.
 The company offers a broad range of products through 20 locally based health plans and nine non-geographically bounded specialty care management companies. The company's services include HMOs, PPOs, health plan management, pharmaceutical cost management, managed mental health and substance abuse services, utilization management, workers compensation/casualty services, specialized provider networks, employee assistance services, Medicare and managed care programs for the aged, heath care evaluation services, information systems and administrative services.
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 /NOTE: Copies of the program description and RFP may be obtained by calling 612-936-3693/
 /CONTACT: Noreen L. Conway, vice president, public relations and communications for United HealthCare, 612-936-1125/
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