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Aetna Better Health® of Illinois hosts Community Health Councils to promote health equity and social impact

February 13, 2024 |3 minute read time

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Feb. 13, 2024 — Aetna Better Health® of Illinois, a CVS Health® company (NYSE: CVS), continues to host Community Health Councils, an initiative aimed at addressing the most pressing social needs within local communities across the state. Local Community Health Councils, facilitated by an Aetna Better Health partner, help foster collaboration, identify focus areas and implement data-driven solutions to improve the overall well-being of Illinois.

“Feedback from our members and the community helps us build and maintain a health care plan that meets, and oftentimes exceeds, the needs of various member populations in our health plan,” said Rushil Desai, CEO of Aetna Better Health of Illinois. “Our Community Health Councils underscore our commitment to bring healthy solutions to the communities we serve, where we listen to their needs and create programs that brings solutions to plaguing issues.”

The primary goal of the Community Health Councils is to create healthier individuals and communities by bridging gaps in public health program planning and evaluation. The local councils serve as a platform for stakeholders to engage in a collaborative setting. Under the guidance of Aetna Better Health partners, council members work to pinpoint focus areas and implement solutions that yield measurable results. They are also driven by data, ensuring that solutions are precisely tailored to the unique needs of each Illinois community.

Aetna Better Health of Illinois is committed to fostering a healthier and more equitable Illinois, one community at a time. By collaborating with community members, organizations and systems, they strive to create a positive, lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of all Illinoisans.

Aetna Better Health of Illinois offers access to quality, affordable health care to individuals through the state's HealthChoice Illinois Medicaid program. The health plan serves over 420,000 members in 102 counties. For more information about Aetna Better Health® of Illinois, visit our website,


About Aetna Medicaid

Aetna Medicaid Administrators LLC (Aetna Medicaid), a CVS Health company, has over 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 15 states, including Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.For more information, see

About CVS Health

CVS Health® is the leading health solutions company, delivering care like no one else can. We reach more people and improve the health of communities across America through our local presence, digital channels and over 300,000 dedicated colleagues – including more than 40,000 physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Wherever and whenever people need us, we help them with their health – whether that's managing chronic diseases, staying compliant with their medications, or accessing affordable health and wellness services in the most convenient ways. We help people navigate the health care system – and their personal health care – by improving access, lowering costs and being a trusted partner for every meaningful moment of health. And we do it all with heart, each and every day. Follow @CVSHealth on social media.

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