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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and UnitedHealth Group form strategic business and marketing alliance

Relationship Strengthens Consumer Access and Affordability

Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 6, 2004) – UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (Harvard Pilgrim) announced today that they have agreed to form a strategic business and marketing alliance to improve service and overall value for national, self-insured customers.

This business alliance improves access and choice for consumers by combining the highly regarded Harvard Pilgrim network of 22,000 doctors and 130 hospitals in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine with UnitedHealth Group's national network, and by offering a simplified administration and care management portfolio in a single, integrated package. This comprehensive set of services is now available for large, self-funded, multi-location employers and their employees for January 1, 2005 effective dates of service.

"This alliance will provide significant value to people receiving their health benefits from large multi-location employers, as it builds on the strengths of our two organizations for their benefit. Employers will receive exceptional national network access and cost advantages as well as seamless administration on the UnitedHealth Group information technology platform," stated Charles D. Baker, president and chief executive officer of Harvard Pilgrim. "UnitedHealth Group has spent more than $2 billion in targeted technology and business process improvement initiatives over the past five years, and our customers will directly benefit from their investments."

Robert J. Sheehy, chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare said, "Harvard Pilgrim has long been known as a facilitator of high quality health care services for people in Massachusetts and the northeast. It is the only health plan in the U.S. to achieve a top-ten rating for both member satisfaction and clinical quality in the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Quality Compass 2003. We have the highest respect for Harvard Pilgrim's expertise, and are pleased to bring a new relationship with this nationally renowned not-for-profit organization to our customers."

About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (www.unitedhealthgroup.com) is a diversified Fortune 100 company that provides a broad spectrum of resources and services to help people achieve improved health and well-being through all stages of life. UnitedHealth Group offers products and services through six operating businesses: UnitedHealthcare, Ovations, AmeriChoice, Uniprise, Specialized Care Services and Ingenix. Through its family of businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 55 million individuals nationwide.

About Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a not-for-profit health plan operating in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine with a network of more than 22,000 doctors and 130 hospitals. Harvard Pilgrim provides innovative approaches to health improvement and disease management, unique online tools that speed and simplify key transactions for employers and providers and personalized health support at www.harvardpilgrim.org.

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