Friday, June 30, 2017

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Day

UnitedHealthcare’s “whole person” approach to care means understanding how each individual’s circumstances in life impacts their health and care.  That’s why a group of UnitedHealthcare employees got together to make 4,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that would be delivered by St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters to more than forty non-profit food pantries, soup kitchens, safe havens, drop In centers and shelters across New York City.

The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters is a network of food and service programs that provide a wide range of services to feed, clothe, counsel, and alleviate physical and emotional hunger in a dignified and supportive manner.  The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters takes a comprehensive approach in providing and supporting services that eradicate not only hunger, but the structural causes of hunger. The organization supports a network of charitable programs that provide a broad range of services for those in need, including the provision of food serving over 1.2 million meals each year.

Not only did our UnitedHealthcare employees make 4,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, they also learned a few things in the process.  For example, they learned that the trick to making the best PBJ sandwich is to put peanut butter on both sides of the bread and the jelly in between.  They were also proud of the fact that not only did they make 4,000 PBJ sandwiches for children and families in need across NYC, UnitedHealthcare also donated one dollar to St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters for every sandwich made.

At UnitedHealthcare we know that make a meaningful contribution to health, we must work within the communities where we live and work. We thank St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters and their team of PBJ experts for providing us an opportunity to do just that! 
Team UnitedHealthcare in action on "Peanut Butter and Jelly Day"

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Vacation Health Care Tips

Summer is here, and for many in New York that means trips to destinations domestic and abroad. An all-time record 234.1 million passengers are expected to fly U.S. airlines between June 1 and Aug. 31, up from 224.8 million a year ago, according to Airlines for America.

However, about 20 percent of people suffer some type of illness or injury while on vacation, the most common of which include food poisoning and car crashes. Before you hit the road or take to the skies, consider these tips to make sure your health, safety and wallet are covered while you’re away:

Know Before You Go:
Before traveling out of your home state or internationally, take time to review your health plan and understand what it covers. People traveling domestically should check if their health plan offers a national or local network of hospitals and health care providers, and confirm what level of coverage is available at out-of-network facilities.  For people planning to travel overseas, it is important to contact their primary care doctor or travel medicine clinic to determine what pre-screenings or immunizations might be recommended or required, based on their health history and the countries they will visit. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) enables people to search a list of countries and determine what vaccines they should consider.   
 Find Care Anywhere:
Many health plans now offer telemedicine and mobile apps that allow you to access a digital ID card, connect with a registered nurse 24/7, and identify nearby care providers, hospitals, pharmacies and urgent care facilities. Be sure you add the app to your phone before heading off on vacation. Public websites, such as and, enable people to compare cost information for hundreds of common medical services, helping people evaluate their options for care. For international trips, contact your global insurance carrier to find out about the availability of approved medical facilities at planned travel destinations.
Protection Abroad: Most domestic health plans provide limited coverage overseas, so consider purchasing international medical coverage to help alleviate concerns about quality of care and financial anxiety.  Also, most domestic insurance won’t cover prescriptions abroad, so for long vacations ask your care provider for enough medication to cover the duration of the trip (as well as check that specific medications are legal in the countries you are visiting). Some international health plans may include prescription drug coverage that enables people to fill prescriptions at local retail pharmacies.

Get Your Receipts: International hospitals will typically want upfront payment, rather than billing your health plan.  Be sure to get clear and complete copies of all bills, medical records and discharge notes for reimbursement from your health plan once you arrive home.

Following these tips will help you focus on fun, friends and family during summer vacations, while helping alleviate stress from health care access or insurance issues during a medical emergency. For more information, visit 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

NYC vs. Long Island in the 22nd annual UnitedHealthcare Empire Challege

All-star football players from Long Island and New York City met on the Hofstra University football field last night for the annual UnitedHealthcare Empire Challenge.   The game began and ended with great plays and there was a lot of championship style football in between.  New York scored the first touch down of the game and won, 37-35, with a 33 yard field goal in final play of the game.

Both teams played well and in addition to proving the more than 8,000 spectators with a phenomenal game,  the 22nd annual UnitedHealthcare Empire Challenge also made a difference in the lives of thousands of children and adults battling cystic fibrosis.  Proceeds from the game go to both the local high school teams and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.   UnitedHealthcare is entering our sixth year as the title sponsor of the Empire Challenge and are proud to partner with the Boomer Esiason Foundation—an organization that shares our commitment to helping individuals, especially young people, live healthier lives.

UnitedHealthcare is committed to supporting critical health initiatives and the dollars raised by the UnitedHealthcare Empire Challenge provides financial support to research aimed at finding a cure for cystic fibrosis; a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, and 70,000 people worldwide.1  

Not only did the game recognize some of the best high school football players in New York, it also served as a reminder of the social and physical benefits of playing team sports.  By providing students the opportunity to play team sports, we help them better understand the importance of good health and wellness, and give them a head start on the path toward healthy living into adulthood.
In addition to thanking the Boomer Esiason Foundation, a big thanks goes out to Hofstra University, whose collaboration is critical to the ongoing success of the UnitedHealthcare Empire Challenge. Hofstra is our neighbor in Hempstead, Long Island; a community we support through our health benefits store-front office at 250 Fulton Avenue. Visitors to the office can meet with customer service professionals to discuss their Medicaid health benefits in English and Spanish. 
Boomer Esiason and Angelo Zuffante, UnitedHealthcare's Medicaid market lead for Long Island stop to pose for a picture before the big game.

The UnitedHealthcare Empire Challenge is a shining example of what happens when we all work together to make a real difference; helping people live healthier lives and making the healthcare system work better for everyone.

 1Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Having a flexible wellness routine just got easier

Sustaining a balanced lifestyle doesn’t have to be a difficult task.  No need to abandon your wellness routine when you are on vacation.  Instead look for opportunities to continue your workout in a different environment, with a different instructor or engage in something new.

The 5th Annual Hamptons Wellness Week lets you do just that.  Beginning on June 11th and continuing through June 18th, UnitedHealthcare in partnership with Hamptons Wellness Week is helping people stick to their routines by incorporating wellness into their vacation. The week includes a wide variety of physical and mental health activities, including everything from yoga in a garden to a master fitness class with a DJ. The week begins with a free community event on June 10th at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. While there, guests will be able to sample healthy local eats, drinks, and product samplings.

The wellness programs that UnitedHealthcare offers mirror the principles of the Hamptons Wellness Week.  The Oxford Sweat Equity program allows for partial reimbursement for popular cardio workouts like CrossFit, Pilates, Pure Barre, TRX, and Zumba.  Our Oxford medical plan members generally can get reimbursed up to $200 of the actual cost of their qualifying fitness expenses in a six-month period. Their covered spouse, or domestic partner, generally can get reimbursed up to the lesser of $100 or the actual cost.

Another great example is UnitedHealthcare’s Rally, a digital health experience that offers personalized recommendations to help members move more, eat better, and feel great.   With Rally, UnitedHealthcare members can earn Rally coins when they complete their missions, complete a challenge – or for logging in once a day.  The coins can be used to earn rewards for all that good work! It’s a great way to experience the rewards of healthy living every day.

During Hampton’s Wellness Week, UnitedHealthcare will sponsor two unique yoga classes. The first yoga class will be on Sunday, June 11th and the second on Saturday, June 17th; for details on time and location visit