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Aetna health plan available to New Jersey’s State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) and School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP)

April 2, 2024 |2 minute read

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During the health care open enrollment period in April, members will have the opportunity to choose Aetna for their and their dependents’ medical coverage that begins July 1, 2024

WOONSOCKET, RI, April 2, 2024 — Aetna®, a CVS Health® company (NYSE: CVS), will be available as a choice for State of New Jersey’s State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) and School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) for all active, eligible employees and their dependents for their medical coverage beginning July 1, 2024. 

During the special open enrollment in April, nearly 600,000 total members will now have the option to choose Aetna for access to a comprehensive network of providers and the integrated assets with CVS Health, bringing together health and wellness benefits to meet every individual’s unique health care needs. 

“State of New Jersey members will now have a choice when selecting their health care plan,” said Steve Schaper, Senior Vice President, Commercial and Specialty Markets, Aetna. “As a New Jersey native and lifelong resident, I’m proud that SHBP and SEHBP members will have access to quality, affordable and convenient health care through our comprehensive network of primary care physicians, mental health providers, specialists and hospitals. Our innovative health care solutions will deliver an outstanding health care experience for employees and their dependents.”  

Aetna already has a proud history serving the health care needs of New Jersey’s state employees and their dependents — our Medicare Advantage program provides health care coverage to more than 200,000 retirees. Our dental plan provides approximately 300,000 state employees, retirees and dependents with comprehensive dental coverage. 

“We're here to provide the health care state employees need to keep New Jersey running,” said Jason Tompkins, President, Northeast Region, Aetna. “We will provide access to care for our hard-working New Jersey teachers, state employees and their dependents by connecting them to the services and support they need for every type of health care moment, simply and affordably.”

About Aetna 

Aetna, a CVS Health business, serves an estimated 36 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, visit (e.g., clinical diagnoses, eligibility criteria, participation in a disease state management program). 


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