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June 16, 2008

United Health Group and PacifiCare announce $6.2 million grants

United Health Group Inc. and Pacificare announced Monday some $6.2 million in grants to a dozen California nonprofits that deliver California health care.

The grants are part of a state-required program to distribute a total $50 million in contributions and make some $200 million in investments over five years to benefit California health care.

United Health Group (NYSE: UNH) agreed to the payments as part of a deal negotiated by former Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi to ensure California consumers wouldn't be saddled with costs of the $9 billion takeover of PacifiCare by United Health Group.

The Northern California recipients of the grants include:

- $250,000 to San Francisco-based North East Medical Services to implement a chronic disease management system.

- $396,057 to Santa Clara-based Community Health Partnership to implement a clinical information management system.

- $276,859 to Stockton-based Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County for start up costs for its Therapeutic Services for Children and Families Program.

- $394,470 to Sacramento-based La Cooperativa Campesina de California, to expand patient and physician use of a personal health record system designed for low-income populations with sporadic access to care.

- $841,140 to Fresno-based Kings View Behavioral Health System to implement a telemedical delivery system for mental health services.

- $2.5 million to the Sacramento-based Health Professions Education Foundation to expand its clinician support program that helps place clinical professionals in under-served communities.

- $100,000 for Salinas-based Center for Community Advocacy to help launch its Gang Violence Prevention Initiative.

- $326,357 to Quincy-based Plumas District Hospital to upgrade its telemedical capabilities.

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Posted by healthinsurance at June 16, 2008 09:33 PM