Four UnitedHealthcare Connecticut Medicare Advantage Plans Achieve Top NCQA Accreditation

Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:30am EST

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HARTFORD, Conn.--(Business Wire)--
Four UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans in Connecticut have achieved the
accreditation status of Excellent by the National Committee for Quality
Assurance (NCQA). 

NCQA Health Plan Accreditation is a nationally recognized program that evaluates
the quality of health care services that health plans provide its members.
Health Plan Accreditation performance results are publicly reported in five
categories including: Access and Service, Qualified Providers, Staying Healthy,
Getting Better and Living with Illness. NCQA, a private, nonprofit organization
dedicated to improving health care quality, awards its highest accreditation
status of Excellent to health plans for service and clinical quality that meet
or exceed NCQA`s rigorous requirements for consumer protection and quality

The UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans in Connecticut that achieved NCQA
Excellent accreditation status are:

* AARP MedicareComplete Plus (HMO-POS) 
* UnitedHealthcare MedicareComplete Plan 1 (HMO) 
* UnitedHealthcare MedicareComplete Plan 2 (HMO) 
* UnitedHealthcare MedicareComplete Essential (HMO)

"NCQA`s accreditation process provides an independent review of our Medicare
health plans. This review helps assure our customers that they`ve chosen a
Medicare Advantage plan that provides a quality health plan experience and meets
the highest standards for access, service and satisfaction," said Denise Smith,
regional vice president, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. 

"NCQA`s Excellent Accreditation status is reserved for the best health plans in
the nation," said Margaret E. O`Kane, president of NCQA. "It shows that the plan
is building the kinds of partnerships that are critical to delivering great care
and great service." 

Serving nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries, UnitedHealthcare is the
nation`s largest provider of Medicare Advantage plans. Across Connecticut,
UnitedHealthcare employs more than 2,200 individuals and serves more than
520,000 people, including more than 57,000 Medicare Advantage members, through a
care provider network that includes more than 41 hospitals and 8,700 physicians.

More information about UnitedHealthcare`s NCQA-accredited 2013 Medicare
Advantage plan offerings in Connecticut is available at 

About the National Committee for Quality Assurance
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care
quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations.
It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is
committed to providing health care quality information for consumers,
purchasers, health care providers and researchers. 

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 780,000
physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other
care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people
in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. 

The family of UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions plans includes Part D
Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans and Medicare
Advantage Plans featuring the UnitedHealthcare, or AARP brand names. Plans are
insured or covered by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of its
affiliates, a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and a
Medicare-approved Part D sponsor. 

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Jessica Pappas, 410-735-8725

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