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Insurer opens 23rd health benefits store

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 11, 2013

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United Healthcare opened a health benefits store in New York’s Chinatown in February, making it the 23rd such store to open since 1994, according to United Healthcare officials.

The 11,000-square-foot Asian Plaza allows visitors to discuss their health care benefits with customer service professionals. Staff will help them apply for more than 15 state and federal social service programs.The store has computers to help visitors find health information. Blood pressure, pulse rate and body mass index are measured at kiosks. The insurer also will host free educational seminars there.

The Chinatown store is modeled after a Queens store, which about 3,000 people per month have visited since it opened in 2010.

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