UnitedHealthcare Introduces New Medicare Advantage Plan in Sonoma County

Sutter Health to be exclusive network care provider for $0-premium AARP MedicareComplete plan

MINNETONKA, Minn. & SANTA ROSA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Through a unique and exclusive relationship with Sutter Health in Northern California, UnitedHealthcare has introduced a new Medicare Advantage plan to the more than 78,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Sonoma County.

This latest addition to UnitedHealthcare’s portfolio of Medicare plans available in the Santa Rosa area offers beneficiaries benefits, cost-savings and comprehensive coverage exclusively at Sutter Health-affiliated medical facilities.

Sutter Health will be the exclusive network care provider for beneficiaries who enroll in the new plan, AARP MedicareComplete insured through UnitedHealthcare (AARP MedicareComplete SecureHorizons Plan 2 [HMO]). Members will have access to comprehensive care available at Sutter’s extensive hospital and physician network in Sonoma County, which includes Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa and the Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods network, totaling more than 600 physicians. Members can also access care at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation’s ancillary network including lab, X-ray, advanced imaging and outpatient surgery facilities.

Medicare beneficiaries who enroll in this new plan will be able to:

  • receive Part D prescription drug coverage at no additional monthly premium beyond the Medicare Part B premium;
  • visit Sutter’s primary care physicians and specialists for low co-payments;
  • access Medicare-covered preventive care and screening exams for no co-payment; and
  • add vision and dental coverage for an additional monthly premium.

UnitedHealthcare is the nation’s largest company dedicated to meeting the health and well-being needs of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. Approximately 9 million members are enrolled in the business’s portfolio of Medicare plans, which includes Medicare Advantage, Part D prescription drug and Medicare supplement plans. UnitedHealthcare has offered Medicare plans in California for more than two decades and currently serves more than 320,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the state.

“We look forward to providing our members with enhanced value and quality coverage through this unique relationship with a health system as reputable as Sutter,” said Josh Martin, executive director of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in Northern California. “UnitedHealthcare’s AARP MedicareComplete plan is an ideal choice for many beneficiaries, one that will allow them to access prescription drugs and the health-care services they need from a trusted and highly regarded health-care system, all for a $0 monthly premium.”

Sutter Health is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of community-based health care providers, delivering high-quality care in more than 100 Northern California communities. Sutter Health supports more than two dozen locally run acute care hospitals, as well as physician organizations, medical research facilities, home health, hospice and occupational health networks, and long-term care centers.

“This is the latest example of our network’s broad efforts to transform how we deliver our services, while ensuring that high-quality health care is both accessible and more affordable for our patients and communities,” said Mike Cohill, CEO, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation and Sutter Health senior vice president.

Medicare beneficiaries living in Sonoma County can enroll in the AARP MedicareComplete plan during the Annual Election Period (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7). For more information about this new plan as well as the other Medicare plans UnitedHealthcare offers in the Santa Rosa area, visit www.UHCMedicareSolutions.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 and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

About Sutter Health
Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology. For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, visit www.SutterHealth.org.

The benefit information provided herein is a brief summary, not a comprehensive description of benefits. For more information contact the plan.

The AARP® MedicareComplete® plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company and its affiliated companies, a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract. UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company pays royalty fees to AARP for the use of its intellectual property. These fees are used for the general purposes of AARP. AARP and its affiliates are not insurers. You do not need to be an AARP member to enroll.

AARP encourages you to consider your needs when selecting products and does not make specific product recommendations for individuals.

Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. Benefits may vary by county and plan.


Sarah Bearce, 952-931-4732
[email protected]
Sutter Health, Sonoma County
Lisa Amador, 707-576-4847
[email protected]

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