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August 2018

Houston Kids Receive Free Vision Screenings, Eye Exams and Prescription Glasses at Back-to-School Event

Don Langer, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas (center right) and employee volunteers present a $5,000 grant to Heather Patrick, CEO, Prevent Blindness Texas (center left).

Houston-area children and families received free vision screenings, vouchers for comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses as part of a back-to-school public health event at the BakerRipley Leonel Castillo Community Center. Certified pediatric vision screeners from Prevent Blindness Texas conducted the screenings, and any child identified with the need for prescription eyewear will receive a free pair of glasses during a follow-up visit.

The event last week was part of a grant program from UnitedHealthcare to nonprofits in cities across the country to coordinate free vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and eyeglasses donations.

Tahirah Scott provides vision screenings as part of the back-to-school health event.

UnitedHealthcare “Benefit Assist” Program Makes Benefit Payouts Faster and Easier For Employees

Employees enrolled in UnitedHealthcare accident, critical illness or hospital indemnity protection plans can now receive benefit payouts faster and easier through UnitedHealthcare’s industry-first Supplemental Health Benefit Assist Program.

Benefit Assist features a team of UnitedHealthcare Benefit Assistants who contact an eligible plan participant following a qualifying critical illness diagnosis, hospital stay or serious accident. The Benefit Assistants help the patient kick-start the claim process soon after the related medical diagnosis or treatment to facilitate a faster payout so that the patient can focus on healing and getting well.

Oftentimes people enrolled in supplemental plans wait weeks or months to start the related claim, or neglect to do so entirely, thus delaying or missing a cash benefit that can help pay out-of-pocket expenses or cover lost income. Payouts under UnitedHealthcare supplemental plan coverage can reach $5,000 or more under accident and hospital indemnity plans; critical illness coverage can reach up to $40,000.   

The Supplemental Health Benefit Assist Program is available to companies nationwide with 250 or more employees enrolled in both UnitedHealthcare medical and supplemental health plans, including accident, critical illness or hospital indemnity coverage.

This resource highlights the value to companies and their employees of combining medical and ancillary health benefits, including supplemental health, vision, dental and other financial protection coverage, through a single health plan. More employers are offering supplemental benefit plans as a way to add financial certainty for employees, especially with more than 80 percent of employers now offering consumer-directed health plans.

To learn more about the value of integrating medical and specialty benefits, click here.

UnitedHealthcare and the Dallas Cowboys Host a One-Day Camp for Salvation Army Youth Education Town Students

UnitedHealthcare teamed up with the Dallas Cowboys recently to host a fun-filled day at AT&T Stadium for more than 100 children, ages 5-12, who are involved with the Salvation Army’s North Texas Youth Education Town (YET) center.

YET provides educational, athletic and arts programs, in addition to other services, for North Texas families in need. Volunteers and staff help children improve their communication skills, increase graduation rates and inspire youth to reach their full potential.

Volunteers coached kids through football drills and plays.
UnitedHealthcare volunteers helped prepare and serve healthy snacks, such as berries, yogurt and pretzels.

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