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UnitedHealthcare Connects Caregivers to Resources That Help Them Manage the Health of Kansas Medicaid Beneficiaries

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (May. 13, 2015) — 

UnitedHealthcare’s Connected for LifeSM online care-management resource is now available free of charge to caregivers who help manage the health of family members enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas Medicaid plans.

Connected for Life includes a secure website and mobile app where caregivers can manage a calendar, manage medications, check vital signs, record health events and store personal health information for individuals who are disabled or receiving long-term care services. The website and app include information and links to resources that help people find helpful community resources.

Family members who serve as caregivers provide critical services and support, often delaying or preventing hospitalizations, readmissions and nursing home placements. However, nearly 70 percent of family caregivers report their primary source of stress is related to caring for a loved one, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute.

“Caring for a loved one can often be an overwhelming task, and many caregivers are finding it increasingly stressful and challenging to juggle their caregiving responsibilities with their personal lives. Connected for Life can help alleviate some of the stress they face by providing a secure and centralized resource to help them more effectively and conveniently manage their caregiving duties, and connect them with community resources to provide the help they and their loved ones may need,” said Tim Spilker, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas.

“The technology in Connected for Life helps strengthen the connection between caregivers and the community by equipping them with focused, local resources which help them assist the individuals who depend on them for care,” said Harry Bailes, CEO of Family Health Network, which partnered with UnitedHealthcare to develop Connected for Life.

Caregivers and Medicaid beneficiaries in Kansas interested in learning more about Connected for Life can log on to https://uhc.familyhealthnetwork.com.

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 535,000 Kansans enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare and employer-sponsored health plans with a network of 155 hospitals and more than 14,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.

About Family Health Network
Family Health Network (FHN) develops integrated technology solutions that connect patients with members of their care team, opening the door to improved communication and better health outcomes.  Family Health Network’s Connected for Life SM platform enables health care providers and caregivers to remotely monitor, record, and track a patient’s health status and medication use on a daily basis. By providing real-time information sharing with health care providers and other members of the care team, including family members, this platform empowers patients, relieves stress of caregivers, lowers health care costs, and improves quality of life.  Family Health Network’s Connected for LifeSM holds the promise to be the centerpiece of a next generation of patient-centered care. For more information about Family Health Network, please visithttp://www.familyhealthnetwork.com/.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.



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