In the pandemic’s second year, COVID-19 continues to widen racial and ethnic inequities in health care. While there are no quick shortcuts for closing the care gaps, CVS Heath® is investing in long-term change.
Beyond pre-pandemic health disparities, communities of color bear a disproportionately higher burden of COVID-19 cases and deaths. In fact: Life expectancy fell by three years for Hispanics and 2.9 years for Blacks in 2020.
Building on decades of company-wide work, Aetna, launched a multi-year initiative to help close the widening care gaps.
“CVS Health and Aetna are very aware of the growing disparities, and we want to shine a lens towards health equity in everything we do,” says Dr. Alena Baquet Simpson, Senior Director of Medical Health Services for the Aetna Medicare team.
To start, Aetna invited members to join its Medicare Multicultural Care Management program designed to help Black and Hispanic members in Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania better manage their diabetes and/or hypertension.