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Aetna donates $70,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City for critical expansion project

October 3, 2023 |2 minute read time

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan., Oct. 3, 2023 — Aetna Better Health of Kansas, a CVS Health® company (NYSE: CVS), announced that Aetna® donated $70,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. The significant contribution will facilitate the renovation and expansion of the family room within Children's Mercy Hospital, aimed at serving the families of the most critical pediatric cases.

The donated funds will primarily be utilized to transform the existing family room, increasing its capacity from seven to ten beds. This expansion project is expected to create an opportunity for an additional 1,095 families to find solace and support during their challenging journeys. With construction set to commence later this year, the newly renovated family room is anticipated to open its doors to families in need by 2024.

Expressing their commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of families facing difficult circumstances, Aetna recognizes the invaluable role of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City in providing a nurturing and compassionate environment. Augmenting the capacity of the family room will enable more families to access the vital support they need while their children receive critical medical care.

“We’re dedicated to improving the wellbeing of our communities,” said Jane Brown, CEO of Aetna Better Health of Kansas. “We understand the immense emotional and logistical challenges faced by families with children that are critically ill, and we know the meaningful impact of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. Together, we’re ensuring families can focus on their child's recovery without the added burden of finding a place to stay.”

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City provides a “home away from home” for families navigating the difficult journey of pediatric care. Since 1981, the Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Room have provided comfort and care to more than 102,000 families.

Aetna Better Health of Kansas is a leading health plan dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of communities across Kansas. By delivering high-quality care and fostering partnerships with local organizations, Aetna Better Health of Kansas strives to empower individuals and families to lead healthier lives. Since 2021, Aetna has donated more than $330,000 to various community-based organizations across the state to positively impact population health and provide those in need with more options to access quality health care.

About Aetna Medicaid

Aetna Medicaid Administrators LLC (Aetna Medicaid), a CVS Health company, has more than 30 years of experience managing the care of under-resourced populations, using innovative approaches and a local presence in each market to achieve both successful health care results and effective cost outcomes. Aetna Medicaid has expertise serving high-need Medicaid members, including those who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Currently, Aetna Medicaid owns and/or administers Medicaid managed health care plans under the names of Aetna Better Health and other affiliate names. Together, these plans serve members in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, visit

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