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Aetna Better Health® of Illinois provides $12.7 million to improve health outcomes in the state

September 12, 2023 |3 minute read time

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Sept. 12, 2023 — Aetna Better Health® of Illinois, a CVS Health® company (NYSE: CVS), delivered more than $12.7 million in value-based care incentive payments to several community health centers in Illinois. The funds will help the centers improve quality of care in under-resourced communities.

“Our members often face health disparities including access to care,” said Rushil Desai, CEO, Aetna Better Health of Illinois. “Supporting these health centers through value-based care arrangements is one of the innovative ways we’re addressing health equity. By reducing costs and improving quality, these health centers are able to offer equitable care and services to our members and the community.”

Among the recipients of the funds were:

  • Access Community Health Network
  • Apogee Health Partners
  • Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness
  • Community Health Care, Inc.
  • Family Christian Health Center
  • Family Medicine Specialists
  • Lawndale Christian Health Center
  • Near North Health


Value-based care arrangements align provider reimbursement with achieving health care quality measures and reducing health care costs. These arrangements incentivize positive member outcomes and encourage proper utilization of services and support practices in becoming more efficient. Value-based care — which highlights the patient experience — is critical to the sustainability of managed care and to the health and wellness of Illinois Medicaid members.

Value-based arrangements enable providers to share in the cost savings while delivering quality care. The health centers are using the funds primarily to modernize their operational processes, implement new population health or data analytics tools, and extend clinic hours to better serve their community.

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 430,000 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 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, see

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