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    UnitedHealthCare Introduces New Medicare Advantage Plan in Sonoma County

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Lisa Amador
    707-576-4847
    amadorl@sutterhealth.org

    Sutter Health to be exclusive network care provider
    for $0-premium AARP MedicareComplete plan


    Minnetonka, MN, and Santa Rosa, CA, October 24, 2011--Through a unique and exclusive relationship with Sutter Health in Northern California, UnitedHealthcare has introduced a new Medicare Advantage plan to the more than 78,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Sonoma County.

    This latest addition to UnitedHealthcare’s portfolio of Medicare plans available in the Santa Rosa area offers beneficiaries benefits, cost-savings and comprehensive coverage exclusively at Sutter Health-affiliated medical facilities.

    Sutter Health will be the exclusive network care provider for beneficiaries who enroll in the new plan, AARP MedicareComplete insured through UnitedHealthcare (AARP MedicareComplete SecureHorizons Plan 2 [HMO]). Members will have access to comprehensive care available at Sutter’s extensive hospital and physician network in Sonoma County, which includes Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa and the Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods network, totaling more than 600 physicians. Members can also access care at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation’s ancillary network including lab, X-ray, advanced imaging and outpatient surgery facilities.

    Medicare beneficiaries who enroll in this new plan will be able to:

    • receive Part D prescription drug coverage at no additional monthly premium beyond the Medicare Part B premium;
    • visit Sutter’s primary care physicians and specialists for low co-payments;
    • access Medicare-covered preventive care and screening exams for no co-payment;
    • and add vision and dental coverage for an additional monthly premium.

    UnitedHealthcare is the nation’s largest company dedicated to meeting the health and well-being needs of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. Approximately 9 million members are enrolled in the business’s portfolio of Medicare plans, which includes Medicare Advantage, Part D prescription drug and Medicare supplement plans. UnitedHealthcare has offered Medicare plans in California for more than two decades and currently serves more than 320,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the state.

    “We look forward to providing our members with enhanced value and quality coverage through this unique relationship with a health system as reputable as Sutter,” said Josh Martin, executive director of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in Northern California. “UnitedHealthcare’s AARP MedicareComplete plan is an ideal choice for many beneficiaries, one that will allow them to access prescription drugs and the health-care services they need from a trusted and highly regarded health-care system, all for a $0 monthly premium.”

    Sutter Health is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of community-based health care providers, delivering high-quality care in more than 100 Northern California communities. Sutter Health supports more than two dozen locally run acute care hospitals, as well as physician organizations, medical research facilities, home health, hospice and occupational health networks, and long-term care centers.

    “This is the latest example of our network’s broad efforts to transform how we deliver our services, while ensuring that high-quality health care is both accessible and more affordable for our patients and communities,” said Mike Cohill, CEO, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation and Sutter Health senior vice president.

    Medicare beneficiaries living in Sonoma County can enroll in the AARP MedicareComplete plan during the Annual Election Period (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7). For more information about this new plan as well as the other Medicare plans UnitedHealthcare offers in the Santa Rosa area, visit www.UHCMedicareSolutions.com.