Optum Announces Job Growth in California

OptumRx, a leading pharmacy benefits management (PBM) organization and

one of the Optum companies of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), will

create 600 new jobs in California by the end of 2013, including 250 at

the new pharmacy order processing facility in Mission Valley to handle

mail order prescription processing.

The new jobs are in addition to 400 new jobs OptumRx already has created

and filled in California in 2012.

The announcement was made at a news conference today, attended by

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Congressman Darrell Issa and Dirk

McMahon, CEO of OptumRx, at the company’s existing mail service pharmacy

in Carlsbad. This year, UnitedHealth Group has announced more than 1,000

new jobs for the state, including 115 new jobs announced last month for

the operations center in Chico, California, with the remainder split

between Orange and San Diego counties and all expected to be filled by

the end of next year.

“I am pleased that Optum and UnitedHealth Group recognize the many

benefits of growing a business in California, from the high-quality

workforce to our excellent business climate,” said Lt. Gov. Newsom. “The

hundreds of jobs Optum will create here over the coming months show that

California is a premier destination for the growth of innovative

businesses such as Optum. I look forward to a long and successful

partnership between Optum and California.”

“San Diego and Orange Counties are home to thriving R&D, high-tech,

pharmaceutical and healthcare industries – and a well-educated workforce

to support them,” said Congressman Darrel Issa. “This expanded facility

signals how important these sectors are in creating new jobs and

providing opportunities for the workforce in California, and I look

forward to their success and to working with them in the future.”

“Between our mail service center here in Carlsbad, our administrative

offices in Irvine and our operations facilities in Cypress, Costa Mesa

and Mission Valley, California is critical to the success and future

growth of OptumRx,” said Dirk McMahon, CEO of OptumRx. “Our employees’

passion for service, along with our significant investments in

technology and automation, will enable us to fulfill our mission to help

the health care system work better for everyone, and help Americans live

healthier lives.”

Currently, UnitedHealth Group employs nearly 8,700 Californians and

serves more than 2.3 million people in the state with a care provider

network of more than 320 hospitals and 47,000 physicians and other care

professionals statewide.

OptumRx has experienced significant growth and is opening this new

Mission Valley facility to help support that growth. The new office is

ready for occupancy, with hiring to begin by the end of this year. The

company will hire pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and for a variety of

positions involving training, workforce management and quality

management. The company expects the facility to be fully staffed by the

end of next year.

When hiring begins, people are encouraged to apply online


OptumRx is currently the third-largest pharmacy benefits manager in the

United States, with distinctive expertise and resources, and a proven

track record that has led to significant growth with both external and

internal customers. The company processes more than 370 million adjusted

retail, mail service and specialty drug prescriptions annually.

UnitedHealth Group has been actively engaged in helping to improve

Californians’ access to quality health care. UnitedHealthcare’s

California Health Care Investment Program has provided $266 million in

total investments to help 45 health care organizations that provide

services to underserved, low-income and underinsured communities and

populations throughout the state. UnitedHealthcare also has provided

$1.3 million in grants to the California Telehealth Network to help

expand telemedicine in rural and medically underserved clinics and

hospitals throughout the state.

About OptumRx

OptumRx is an innovative pharmacy benefit management organization

managing the prescription drug benefits of commercial, Medicare and

other governmental health plans, as well as those of employers and

unions through a national network of 64,000 community pharmacies and

state-of-the-art mail service pharmacies in California and Kansas, both

of which have earned the prestigious Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice

Sites™ (VIPPS®) accreditation by the National Association of Boards of

Pharmacy®. Visit www.optum.com

for more information.

About Optum

Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services

business dedicated to making the health system work better for everyone.

Optum is comprised of three companies – OptumHealth, OptumInsight and

OptumRx – representing more than 35,000 employees worldwide who

collaborate to deliver intelligent solutions that modernize the health

system, improve overall population health and support Sustainable Health

Communities. Optum serves the broad health care marketplace, including

care providers, plan sponsors, government agencies, life sciences

companies and consumers.

About UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being

company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making

health care work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn.,

UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services

through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health

care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides

information and technology-enabled health services. Through its

businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people

worldwide. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com.