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Articles of Merger - UnitedHealth Group Inc. and United HealthCare Corp.

                               ARTICLES OF MERGER
                          UNITED HEALTHCARE CORPORATION

         Pursuant to Section 302A.621 of the Minnesota Statutes, the undersigned
corporations execute the following articles of merger:

         FIRST: The names of the corporations participating in the merger and
the States under the laws of which they are respectively organized are as

               Name of Corporation                               State
               ------------------                                -----
          United HealthCare Corporation                         Minnesota

          UnitedHealth Group Incorporated                       Minnesota

          SECOND: The name of the surviving corporation is UnitedHealth Group
Incorporated and the Articles of Incorporation of the surviving corporation are
to be amended by virtue of the merger provided for in this Agreement by amending
Article I of the Articles of Incorporation, as follows:

          The name of this corporation is UnitedHealth Group Incorporated.'

          THIRD: The following plan of merger was approved by the affirmative
vote of a majority of the directors present at a meeting of the Board of United
HealthCare Corporation and by written action of the Board of Directors of
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated:

                          AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER
                          UNITED HEALTHCARE CORPORATION

This AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER, is made as of March 1, 2000, between
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated ('UHG'), a Minnesota corporation, and United
HealthCare Corporation ('UHC'), a Minnesota corporation (UHG and UHC hereinafter
collectively referred to as 'Constituent Corporations').


WHEREAS, the Boards of Directors of the Constituent Corporations deem it
advisable and in the best interest of the Constituent Corporations and their
shareholders that UHG be merged with and into UHC (the 'Merger').

NOW, THEREFORE, the Constituent Corporations hereby agree as follows:

     1.   The Merger shall be in accordance with Section 302A.621 of the 
          Minnesota Business Corporation Act.

     2.   That the Effective Date hereof shall be March 6, 2000.

     3.   Upon the Effective Date, UHG shall be merged with and into UHC and UHC
          shall be the Surviving Corporation.

     4.   Upon the Effective Date, the separate existence of UHG shall cease and
          all the property, rights, privileges, immunities and franchises of UHG
          and all of the property, real, personal and mixed, and all the debts
          due on whatever account to UHG, as well as all stock subscriptions and
          other causes in action belonging to UHG, and the title to all real
          estate vested in UHG shall not revert or be in any way impaired by
          reason of the Merger, but shall be vested in the Surviving
          Corporation. The Surviving Corporation is responsible and liable for
          all the liabilities and obligations, including the rights and

          obligations under the agreements of UHG. A claim by or against or a
          pending proceeding by or against UHG may be prosecuted as if the
          Merger had not taken place, or the Surviving Corporation may be
          substituted in place of UHG. Neither the rights of creditors nor any
          liens upon the property of UHG are impaired by the Merger.

     5.   From and after the Effective Date and until further amended in
          accordance with the Minnesota Business Corporation Law, the Articles
          of Incorporation of UHC in effect immediately prior to the Effective
          Date shall be the Articles of Incorporation of the Surviving

     6.   The directors and officers of UHC in office immediately prior to the
          Effective Date shall, from and after the Effective Date, be the
          directors and officers of the Surviving Corporation. Directors and
          officers will serve until their respective successors are duly
          appointed or elected and qualified in accordance with the Articles of
          Incorporation and Bylaws of the Surviving Corporation.

     7.   All of the outstanding shares of UHG common stock are owned by UHC. On
          the Effective Date, the shares of UHG will not be converted into
          shares of the Surviving Corporation, but instead shall be canceled
          (along with the certificates representing the same) and all rights in
          respect thereof shall thereupon cease to exist.

     8.   All of the outstanding shares of UHC common stock shall remain common
          stock of the Surviving Corporation and all rights in respect of such
          shares shall remain in full effect. On the Effective Date, all new
          shares issued going forward shall bear the name of UnitedHealth Group

          IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have duly executed this
Agreement and Plan of Merger as of the date written above.


By       /s/ Stephen J. Hemsley             By     /s/ David J. Lubben
  ------------------------------------        ---------------------------------
         Stephen J. Hemsley, President              David J. Lubben, Secretary

                            SECRETARY'S CERTIFICATION

         David J. Lubben, being the Secretary of both United HealthCare
Corporation., a Minnesota corporation, and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated, a
Minnesota corporation, pursuant to Minnesota Statute ss.302A.621 does hereby
certify that the Boards of Directors of both corporations voted unanimously to
approve and adopt the attached Agreement and Plan of Merger on the 8th day of
February, 2000.

                                       By          /s/ David J. Lubben     
                                                   David J. Lubben, Secretary

                           )ss.                       ACKNOWLEDGMENT

         On this 1st day March, 2000, personally came before me, a Notary Public
for the State of Minnesota, David J. Lubben, known to me personally to be the
Secretary of United HealthCare Corporation and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated
and acknowledged said Agreement and Plan of Merger and the Secretary's
Certification of the same to be the act and deed of the signers and that the
facts stated therein are true.
         GIVEN under my hand and seal of office the day and year aforesaid.

                                       /s/Mary Borowski 
                                       Notary Public
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