Friday, June 22, 2012

Hello South Philly, Hello Better Health

It’s no secret that the world of health insurance is changing…fast! The benefits market for individuals who purchase their own insurance is expected to double over the next decade; Baby Boomers will be expanding the seniors benefits market at the rate of 10,000 people per day and the Medicaid market is expected to grow more than 50 percent. So it should come as no surprise that health insurers across the country are taking steps to simplify the health care experience, and give consumers and communities direct access.

Tomorrow is an exciting day for us at UnitedHealthcare and our neighbors in the Philadelphia community. We’re thrilled to be celebrating the recent opening of our multicultural center in South Philadelphia. While I’m personally looking forward to the Zumba lesson, our “Hello South Philly” celebration will also feature a  block party with performances by the Casa Monarca Mexican Children’s group, a South East Asian Hip Hop dance group and Rapping for Prevention. Community members will be able to get health and dental screenings, tour our facility and more.

But when the celebration ends, the real work begins. The community center acts a “storefront,” or information and education hub for local residents. Through partnerships with local community organizations like the Oral Health Impact Project, Penn Asian Senior Service and South East Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition, it will also provide easier access to community resources to help residents better navigate the complex health system and provide valuable information they can use, in consultation with their personal physician, to manage medical decisions. 

UnitedHealthcare is opening centers like this to connect with customers in a more in-depth, personal way, no matter what their health care needs. So whether you’re currently without health insurance and need to better understand your options for coverage, a recently retired couple that needs to enroll in Medicare, or a small business owner looking for information on UnitedHealthcare, the community center offers the chance to meet face-to-face with a UnitedHealthcare representative to get the information or health insurance coverage that’s right for you.

Considering the fact that, according to the World Health Organization, whether people are healthy or not is greatly determined by their circumstances and environment, being able to directly engage with consumers and have a positive impact on their overall health and wellness is our goal.

Improving health conditions through collaboration is often the best way to achieve better health outcomes. So, I’m thrilled that, as part of our “Hello South Philly” celebration, we were able to partner with so many local businesses and nonprofit organizations that share our commitment to improving the lives of those around us. These partners are helping us fulfill our mission to simplify the health care experience, while meeting consumer health and wellness needs and creating trusted relationships with care givers and the larger healthcare community.  Hello South Philly!

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