UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) was the top ranking company in the insurance and managed care sector for FORTUNE’s 2013 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, featured in the magazine’s March issue. This is the third straight year that UnitedHealth Group has been honored as No. 1 overall in its sector and the fourth year in a row the company has been rated No. 1 in innovation. UnitedHealth Group also ranked highest among the sector for the following individual categories: quality of products and services, people management, use of corporate assets, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment and global competitiveness. Stephen J. Hemsley, UnitedHealth Group president and CEO, said, “The dedicated people of this company are privileged to serve the health care needs of 84 million people in the United States and worldwide. We know that with recognition comes responsibility, and we remain committed to helping make access to high-quality care simpler and more affordable for more people.” To learn more about UnitedHealth Group’s innovations, visit www.uhginnovation.com. To see how the company is using information to make health care simpler and more responsive, visit http://www.healthinnumbers.com/. Since 1997, FORTUNE has collaborated with The Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, to identify, select and rank the World’s Most Admired Companies based on the business practices, innovative spirit and social responsibility that make companies which are chosen for the list both highly regarded and successful. FORTUNE’s “Most Admired Companies” list is considered a definitive “report card” on corporate reputations. For more information on how the rankings are determined, please view the full methodology on Hay Group’s website. About UnitedHealth GroupUnitedHealth 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 business 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 80 million people worldwide. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com. Click here to subscribe to Mobile Alerts for UnitedHealth Group.