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Aetna and Iora Health team up to expand access to value-based Medicare Advantage care in Houston

February 17, 2021 | Health Insurance

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Houston, TX — Aetna, a CVS Health Company (NYSE: CVS), announced today an agreement to provide members enrolled in Aetna Individual and Group Medicare Advantage plans access to Iora Health providers under the Iora Primary Care brand in Harris county, Texas.

Under the agreement, which became effective January 1, 2021, Houston-area Aetna Medicare Advantage members have access to six Iora Primary Care locations.

“Aetna is committed to improving access to care for our members. Through our collaboration with Iora Health, one of the largest value-based provider groups in Texas, Aetna Medicare Advantage plan members now have access to vital health services from physicians who share our commitment to helping them on their path to better health,” said Kristopher Scheurer, Chief Medicare Officer for Aetna’s South Central market.

Iora Primary Care specializes in primary care for older adults on Medicare. With a care model based on relationships, Iora offers longer appointments, a full care team and a true omni-channel model of care delivery. This model includes text, email, video, telephone and in person in Iora practices or at home, depending on the patient’s needs. At Iora, every patient works with a provider and has access to a full complement of team members, including a health coach, nurse, and behavioral health specialist, to help optimize health and wellness.

About Aetna

Aetna, a CVS Health business, serves an estimated 34 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 and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.

Aetna Medicare is an HMO, PPO plan with a Medicare contract. Our SNPs also have contracts with State Medicaid programs. Enrollment in our plans depends on contract renewal. Plan features and availability may vary by service area. Participating physicians, hospitals and other health care providers are independent contractors and are neither agents nor employees of Aetna. The availability of any particular provider cannot be guaranteed, and provider network composition is subject to change. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. Other physicians/providers are available in our network.

About Iora Health

Iora Health is building a different kind of health system to deliver high impact relationship-based care. With a mission to restore humanity to health care and a goal to transform healthcare overall, Iora Health’s care model provides extraordinary service to patients to ensure improved health outcomes while lowering overall health costs. Our patients enjoy the benefits of better access to care, office- and non-office-based encounters (e.g. phone, text messages, and email), an accessible and transparent medical record, and robust educational offerings. Our practices across the U.S. enjoy the benefits of smaller panel sizes, closer relationships with patients, and the opportunity to lead systemic change in health care delivery while working with a true team. For more information, visit

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