Taking care of your health – whether at the jobsite or at home – is critical to a long and happy life. Brandon Cuevas, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California, took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for Organized Labor.

Q. Anything new in the world of health care insurance we should know about?
UnitedHealthcare is leading the industry in innovative health assessment tools using the latest consumer friendly technology, improvements in information sharing, and increasing demand for better quality and affordability.

Q. How does someone go about getting the most out of their insurance?
We are aligning modern benefits with strong consumer engagement resources to effectively serve labor union members, giving them more control of their health care choices and encouraging them to take an active role in their wellness programs. We are working directly to help them increase their choices and save money by knowing the costs of certain procedures and help them manage chronic health conditions, as well as save time and money through the use of powerful online tools.

For example, myHealthcost Estimator is an integrated online resource that brings a retail shopping experience to health care and helps consumers find quality care while being able to estimate the cost of more than 755 common services with maximum accuracy. Estimates are also personalized to reflect an individual’s own health plan benefits, including their real-time account balances when applicable. myHealthcost Estimator is also available throughHealth4Me, a mobile app available on iPhone and Android devices that enables anyone to comparison shop for health care based on quality and cost.


More than two thirds of Americans are overweight.

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Another example is the Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program, an online resource that helps those at high risk for developing type-2 diabetes prevent or delay the onset of the disease through modest weight loss by encouraging healthy eating, increased physical activity and other lifestyle changes.

Q. How might a person working in construction approach health care differently than someone working in an office?
UnitedHealthcare has a long tradition of serving the construction industry and understands the unique challenges associated with the valuable work of those who labor. In fact, UnitedHealthcare has a dedicated labor and trust service team that has contributed to the success of our partnerships for more than two decades. We are an extension of your organization’s staff to support your members in accessing quality, cost-effective health care. We provide dedicated toll-free phone lines for our labor unions and their members, and UnitedHealthcare employees are trained to understand the unique needs of labor unions.

Q. How important is preventative care?
Maintaining or improving your health is important – and focusing on regular preventive care, along with following the advice of your doctor – can help you stay healthy.

Routine checkups and screenings can help you avoid serious health problems, allowing you and your doctor to work as a team to manage your overall health. As a result, that will help you reach your personal health and wellness goals.

Preventive care focuses on maintaining your health and establishing your baseline health status. This may include immunizations, vaccines, physical evaluations, lab work, x-rays and medically appropriate health screenings. During your preventive visit, your doctor will determine what tests or screenings are appropriate for you based on many factors such as your age, gender, overall health status, personal health history and your current symptoms or chronic health concerns.

Preventive care can help you avoid potentially serious health conditions and/or obtain early diagnosis and treatment. Generally, the sooner your doctor can identify and treat a medical condition, the better the outcome.

UnitedHealthcare offers a number of resources online and by phone. For more info, please visit www.uhc.com.

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