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UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it will offer the first government-subsidized plan devoted to the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease and chronic dementia. Nurse-managers will customize plans for policyholders in the Phoenix, Ariz., area starting Jan. 1 as a first step toward offering the Alzheimer's program nationwide, the company said Monday. The policies will be funded by Medicare. UnitedHealth, based in Minnetonka, said the program is aimed at improving services for the estimated 5 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer's. Nurses serving as case managers will help members stay out of hospitals, said John Mach, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth's Evercare unit.