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August 2017

UnitedHealthcare of North Texas Presents the Ed Block Courage Award at the 2017 Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon

Image Courtesy of Dallas Cowboys

UnitedHealthcare of North Texas returned as a presenting sponsor for the 2017 Flowserve Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon at AT&T Stadium on August 30.

The annual event celebrates the beginning of the NFL season. During the luncheon, numerous awards are presented, including the Ed Block Courage Award presented by UnitedHealthcare.

This year’s recipient was Jim Maurer, the Cowboys’ head athletic trainer. Maurer was recognized by his peers for his constant professionalism in his commitment to providing players with the highest quality care.

All proceeds from the Flowserve Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon and silent auction benefit the Courage House at Happy Hill Farms and the North Central Texas Academy. In light of the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in South Texas, Happy Hill Farms announced they will be using the funds raised to help students, families and alumni affected by the disaster.

UnitedHealthcare of North Texas employees volunteered at the 2017 Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon.

UnitedHealthcare, Optum and UnitedHealth Group Donate $1 Million to Texas Communities Devastated by Hurricane Harvey

UnitedHealthcare, Optum and UnitedHealth Group have announced a donation of $1 million to support Texas communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. The company is working with key officials and stakeholders in Texas to determine how the funds can most effectively support relief efforts.

“Our hearts go out to the millions of people affected by this devastating storm, and we are committed to supporting the relief and recovery effort through our contribution,” said Dave Wichmann, president, UnitedHealth Group. “We are taking action to ensure the people we serve continue to have access to the care they need, and are working to ensure the safety and well-being of employees in the region.”

In addition, the company is pledging a 2:1 match for employee donations toward disaster-relief efforts, as well as providing incentives and support to those who volunteer.

The company is also continuing to support the broader community affected by Hurricane Harvey in a number of ways:

Help Finding a Network Care Provider, Early Refills:  UnitedHealthcare plan participants who need help finding a care provider in the UnitedHealthcare network or obtaining early prescription refills are encouraged to call customer care at the number located on the back of their medical ID cards for assistance.

People enrolled in employer-sponsored and individual health plans who have a smartphone can download the free Health4Me app, which provides instant access to their ID card, network care providers, their personal health benefits and more. The Health4Me app is available as a free download at the Apple iTunes App Store and the Android Market on Google Play.

Free Help Line:  Optum is offering a free emotional-support help line to affected individuals. The toll-free number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone. Specially trained Optum mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.

Along with the toll-free help line, emotional-support resources and information are available online at

New Children’s Joke Books Help Fund Child Medical Grants for Texas Families in Need

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) has collected family-friendly jokes for three new books to be released in time for National Literacy Month, which is recognized in September.

The three joke books ― Cool Jokes for Summer; Sweets, Treats & Eats; and Holidays, Celebrations & Birthday Jokes — each include more than 300 jokes submitted by kids from across the U.S. These books not only provide smiles and laughter, but can also help encourage early reading among children. Books are available on Amazon for $5.99 each.

Proceeds from the books will be used to fund child medical grants. These grants are awarded to help families pay for health services and equipment not covered or not fully covered by their commercial insurance.

Last year, Texas children and their families received 229 grants from UHCCF valued at more than $600,000. Since 2013, UHCCF has awarded around 14,000 grants valued at more than $37 million to children and their families across the U.S., and aims to award its 20,000th grant by Jan. 1, 2020.

UHCCF is currently accepting child medical grant applications at

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