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UnitedHealthcare Signs Agreement

Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver

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“After successful negotiations, we are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement on a new contract, and continue to make the best possible medical services available to our current UnitedHealthcare patients; and to any UnitedHealthcare subscriber in need of the services provided by the UK Chandler Medical Center.”

-- Frank A. Butler,
vice president for Medical Center Operations,
UK Chandler Medical Center

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2003) -- University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and UnitedHealthcare announced a new agreement signed today. This agreement, effective December 1, 2003, will continue to provide UnitedHealthcare enrollees with enhanced choice and access to a major Kentucky medical center. The UK Chandler Medical Center provides comprehensive physician and hospital services to residents throughout the Commonwealth. UnitedHealthcare’s network is one of the most comprehensive in Kentucky, with a total of 7,000 physicians and 104 hospitals.

“As regrettable as it was last month to announce the termination of our relationship with UnitedHealthcare, it is all the more satisfying to announce that we will, after all, continue as a participating provider with UHC,” said Frank A. Butler, vice president for Medical Center Operations, UK Chandler Medical Center. “After successful negotiations, we are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement on a new contract, and continue to make the best possible medical services available to our current UnitedHealthcare patients; and to any UnitedHealthcare subscriber in need of the services provided by the UK Chandler Medical Center.”

“UnitedHealthcare is pleased to offer our customers and enrollees a comprehensive hospital and physician network in Kentucky, which will continue to provide access to this premier facility for medical care on an in-network basis,” said Charles Price IV, CEO of UnitedHealthcare in Kentucky. “We appreciate the commitment and professionalism of the UK Chandler Medical Center leadership during the negotiation process. The end result is that UnitedHealthcare enrollees may continue to have access to the quality physicians and hospitals in the UK Chandler Medical Center.

UK Chandler Medical Center encompasses the services of 500 faculty physicians, the UK Hospital and UK Children’s Hospital; the colleges of medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and health sciences; the School of Public Health; and multidisciplinary centers such as the Markey Cancer Center and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. Also included under the Medical Center umbrella are three Kentucky Clinics in Lexington, a clinic in Hazard, and cancer and radiation treatment centers in Berea, Georgetown, Maysville, Morehead, and Mt. Sterling. UK physicians also provide services at clinics throughout central and eastern Kentucky.

The mission of the UK Chandler Medical Center is to help people of the Commonwealth and beyond to gain and retain good health through creative leadership and quality initiatives in education, research, and service.

UK Chandler Medical Center is a leading academic medical center on the campus of Kentucky’s flagship institution, the University of Kentucky. Quality patient care is provided by the physicians and other health care professionals at the UK Hospital, UK Children’s Hospital, UK Level I Trauma Center, UK Birthing Center, UK Markey Cancer Center, UK Linda and Jack Gill Heart Institute, UK Comprehensive Breast Care Center, UK Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, UK Neurosciences Institute, and other innovative health care services dedicated to cutting edge health care.

UnitedHealthcare offers innovative health benefit plans to 185,000 enrollees throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The company has a history of redefining health care, including the introduction of Open Access plans in 1984 and the Care Coordination approach in 1999. UnitedHealthcare is part of UnitedHealth Group, Inc. (NYSE: UNH), a national diversified health and well-being enterprise.


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