This excerpt taken from the UNH DEF 14A filed Apr 30, 2007.
Subject to the exceptions discussed below, our executive officers receive the same welfare and retirement benefits that are generally made available to our employees. Consistent with our philosophy that the substantial majority of compensation should be performance-based, benefits provided have been limited and are below the median level of benefits provided at peer group companies. These benefits include a 401(k) retirement plan, an employee stock purchase plan, short- and long-term disability plans, term life insurance coverage, dental coverage and a health insurance plan. Our executive officers are required to pay higher premiums for their health insurance so that premiums will be more affordable for lesser paid employees. These benefits are provided to be competitive in the marketplace and are consistent with the philosophy of our broad-based benefit program.
In addition to the Companys generally available benefits, commencing in 2007, the Company also provides each current named executive officer other than Mr. Hemsley and Ms. Quam a $2 million face value term life insurance policy and a long-term disability policy which covers 60% of his base salary in the event of a qualifying long-term disability, subject to the terms of the policy.
Executive officers may also participate in our Executive Savings Plan, which is a non-qualified, unfunded deferred compensation plan that permits an executive to defer receipt of up to 80% (100% prior to 2007) of his or her base salary and up to 100% of his or her annual and/or long-term cash incentives. This plan enables executives whose contributions to the Companys 401(k) Plan are limited under applicable tax law to save additional amounts on a tax-deferred basis. We provide this plan to be consistent with competitive market practices. In addition, consistent with market practice, we provide a matching credit of up to 50% of amounts deferred at the time of each deferral, but this matching credit applies only to the first 6% of the executives base salary and annual cash incentive awards deferrals, and does not apply to deferrals of long-term performance awards or other special incentive awards. See the 2006 Nonqualified Deferred Compensation table below for additional information regarding contributions, earnings and distributions for each named executive officer under the Executive Savings Plan.