About Unity
Unity History

Unity Health Plans Insurance Corporation (Unity) is an affiliate of UW Health and Gundersen Health System. Unity offers community-based managed care products and services and direct access to UW Health.

UW Health is the academic medical center and health system for the University of Wisconsin. UW Health includes UW Hospital, the American Family Children's Hospital, the Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center and UW Medical Foundation.

 2016 Unity Health Insurance, affiliated with UW Health and Gundersen Health System, is recognized as one of the nation’s highest-rated private health insurance plans for its commercial HMO and POS products by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits insurance plans across the country. The recognition is part of NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016-2017. Unity has also consistently maintained an Excellent Accreditation status through NCQA since 2002.
 2016 Leaders at UnityPoint Health - Meriter, UnityPoint Health, UW Health, Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation and Unity Health Plans Insurance (Unity) and Gundersen Health Plan (GHP) signed two non-binding letters of intent (LOI) to explore potential collaboration between the organizations. This is the first step in a larger, complex process that provides the opportunity for the organizations to explore potential benefits for patients, families and the community.
 2016 Formal agreements documenting integration between Unity Health Insurance and Gundersen Health Plan were completed. The integration combines operations of the two insurers, not the health systems with whom they are affiliated. Both insurers have a long presence in their local markets. Under the new structure, Unity and GHP will be co-owned by UW Health and Gundersen Health System. The integrated entities will serve members throughout southern and western Wisconsin, and parts of Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. The new size, range of products and expanded geography enhances the companies’ ability to leverage best products and practices, and grow beyond current service areas. The integrated organizations serve approximately 269,000 members.
 2015 Unity Health Insurance is recognized as one of the nation's highest-rated private health insurance plans for its commercial Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and Point of Servicce (POS) products by the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA introduced a new rating system this year, using three broad measures to rate health plans: consumer satisfaction with the plan, clinical quality and an assessment of the plan’s quality processes. Overall, Unity was rated 4.5 out of 5 among private health insurance plans. Of the 606 private plans eligible, NCQA identified 491 that reported enough data to be rated. Unity has also consistently maintained an Excellent Accreditation status through NCQA since 2002.
 2015 Unity Health Insurance announced the formation of a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Quartz. Quartz is a third-party administrator (TPA) that offers a wide range of administrative services to help businesses manage their costs while providing high-quality health benefit programs for their employees.
 2015 Unity Health Insurance and Gundersen Health Plan begin exploring a partnership announced by the signing of a letter of intent. The goal of a partnership is to help facilitate a way for patients to access local health care and to help manage the health of larger populations, utilizing the best of each organization’s products and practices
 2014 Unity Health Insurance is recognized for the tenth consecutive year as one of the nation’s top 50 health plans for Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and Point of Service (POS) products according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Private Health Insurance Rankings 2014-2015. Unity also received a sixth Excellent Accreditation from NCQA for its commercial HMO and POS plans, and a third Gold Award from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) for its employee health and wellness program.
 2013 Unity Health Insurance has been recognized for the ninth consecutive year as one of the nation’s top 50 health plans for Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and Point of Service (POS) products according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Private Health Insurance Rankings 2013-2014. Unity also received a fifth Excellent Accreditation from NCQA for its commercial HMO and POS plans, and a second Gold Award from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) for its employee health and wellness program.
 2011 Unity Health Insurance receives the Gold Award from WELCOA.
 2010 Unity Health Insurance receives a fourth Excellent Accreditation from the NCQA for its commercial HMO and POS plans.
 2008 Unity Health Insurance receives the Silver Award from WELCOA for its employee health and wellness program.
 2007 Unity Health Insurance receives a third Excellent Accreditation from the NCQA for its commercial HMO and POS plans.
 2005 Unity Health Insurance becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of University Health Care, Inc. (UHC) and an affiliate of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority (UWHC) and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation (UWMF). Unity receives a second Excellent Accreditation from NCQA for its commercial HMO and POS plans.
 2002 Unity Health Insurance receives an Excellent Accreditation status from NCQA for its commercial HMO and POS plans.
 1998 Unity Health Insurance introduces Fitness First, one of the region’s first exercise reward programs.
 1997 University Health Care (UHC), U​niversity of Wisconsin Health Care (UWHC) and University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation (UWMF​) adopt a new identity known as UW Health.
 1994 Unity Health Plans Insurance Corporation was formed by combining membership of HMO of Wisconsin Insurance Corporation and U-Care HMO, Inc.
 1983 HMO of Wisconsin Insurance Corporation was formed as one of the nation’s first rural-based Health Maintenance Organizations.