Battling food insecurity one meal at a time

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Aetna Medicare again sponsored the annual Philabundance Agency Appreciation Event to honor Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey community partners that fight hunger. Philabundance, the area’s largest hunger-relief organization, presented 2020 Hunger Hero Awards to outstanding individuals from five member agencies.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s event couldn’t be held indoors. Instead, Aetna Medicare Community Lead Generator Desaree Jones and Olivia Edwards from Philabundance surprised the winners by travelling to their agencies to distribute the awards.

“People in these community organizations aren’t always publicly recognized for their efforts, so it was a great opportunity to share our thanks for the work they do,” said Jones. “Besides the awards, we brought balloons, a boxed lunch and a bag of Aetna and CVS Health goodies: hand sanitizer, face shields, face masks, shower gel and bubble bath. I really enjoyed interacting with the agencies and seeing their food pantries.”

Aetna’s National Director of Medicare Community Engagement Ricardo Maldonado joined Jones at the awards presentation at Liberti Church, as he lives nearby. Although he no longer works in the Philadelphia market, Maldonado wouldn’t have missed this event. He was also one the driving forces behind creating and sponsoring last year’s inaugural event.

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Honoring Liberti Church Director Vito Baldini (third from left) are (from left) Aetna's Desaree Jones, Philabundance's Emily Glick and Margarita Cruz, and Aetna's Ricardo Maldonado and Jessica Velez.

“Despite COVID-19, we wanted to acknowledge these agencies’ efforts to support their communities during these difficult times,” Maldonado emphasized. “We know how much the neighborhoods appreciate the agencies’ work, because hunger doesn’t go away. That’s why I’m so grateful CVS Health recognized Philabundance earlier this year, awarding a $25,000 grant to support its food bank.”

Like Maldonado, Jones draws energy from community service. Before joining Aetna, she created neighborhood events in Philadelphia and Delaware County for the Pennsylvania State Senate for 12 years.

“It’s important to give back,” affirmed Jones, who shared that she received help from a food bank years ago while battling an illness. “I always say ‘How can I be of assistance?’ because I know what it’s like when you need food. Sometimes I can’t believe it’s real, that I’m doing work I love to help others. My job is a blessing and a great opportunity to develop relationships for Aetna Medicare throughout the Philadelphia area.”

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More than 4 out of 5 Aetna Medicare members in 4 star-rated plans or higher for 2021

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Plans help provide access to high-quality care for members across the nation

HARTFORD, Conn. — For the seventh consecutive year, Aetna® , a CVS Health® company (NYSE: CVS), announced its 2021 Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans outpace the Medicare Advantage industry in the percentage of members in plans rated 4 stars or higher (out of 5 stars) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Star Ratings data for 2021 contracts show 83 percent of Aetna MAPD members are currently enrolled in 4 star-rated plans or higher, compared to 77 percent for the industry.High-Quality Care for Medicare Beneficiaries Continues as Medicare Health and Drug Plans Receive Star Ratings, October 8, 2020. https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/high-quality-care-medicare-beneficiaries-continues-medicare-health-and-drug-plans-receive-star

"This year's Star Ratings demonstrate our consistency in bringing quality and value to our members," said Christopher Ciano, president of Aetna Medicare. "Now more than ever given the COVID-19 pandemic, we're unrelenting in our focus on the total health of our members and making sure they have access to quality care that's affordable, safe and close to home. We work closely with our physician partners and community organizations to help our members age and thrive in the comfort and safety of their homes, especially during these uncertain times."

Aetna 4.5-star rated contracts:

  • H2663 Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. (AR, IL, KS, MO, OK HMOs)

  • H3959 Aetna Health Inc. (PA HMO)

  • H3597 Aetna Health Inc. (ME HMO)

  • H5522 Health Assurance Pennsylvania, Inc. (PA PPO)

  • H7301 Coventry Health Care of Illinois (IL PPO)

Aetna 4-star rated contracts:

  • H1609 Aetna Health Inc. (FL/IA HMOs)

  • H5521 Aetna Life Insurance Company (AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MS, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY PPOs)

  • H5793 Aetna Health Inc. (CT HMO)

  • H7149 Aetna Health Inc. (NE HMO)

CMS' Medicare Star Ratings rank the performance and quality of Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug plans to help beneficiaries and their families compare plans. Medicare Advantage plans are rated on how well they perform on five different categories:

  • Staying healthy

  • Managing chronic (long-term) conditions

  • Member experience with the health plan

  • Member complaints

  • Health plan customer service

MAPD plans are also rated on how well they perform on three additional categories:

  • Drug plan customer service

  • Member experience with drug plan

  • Drug safety

Aetna Medicare Advantage and SilverScript prescription drug plans are available to Medicare beneficiaries for selection during the Annual Enrollment Period, which starts on October 15, 2020, and runs through December 7, 2020. Enrollment becomes effective on January 1, 2021.

The star ratings are posted at www.medicare.gov. Visit AetnaMedicare.com to learn more about Aetna's 2021 Medicare plans or call toll-free at 1-855-335-1407 (TTY: 711). Hours are from 8 AM to 8 PM, local time, seven days a week. A licensed agent will answer your call.

NOTE: Information in this release is based on 2021 star ratings data published by CMS on October 8, 2020, and Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug plan enrollment as of September 2020.

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 www.aetna.com and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.

Aetna Medicare is a HMO, PPO plan with a Medicare contract. Our SNPs also have contracts with State Medicaid programs. Enrollment in our plans depends on contract renewal. See Evidence of Coverage for a complete description of plan benefits, exclusions, limitations and conditions of coverage. Plan features and availability may vary by service area.

SilverScript is a Prescription Drug Plan with a Medicare contract marketed through Aetna Medicare. Enrollment in SilverScript depends on contract renewal.

Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.

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Some 1.4 million people have attempted suicide. That these numbers count “attempted” suicides is testament to the power individuals possess to prevent suicide if they pay attention to the signs and take swift and appropriate action. When you’re educated, you’re empowered. It’s why Aetna offers several training opportunities to employees, members and communities.

Partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Aetna has made Talk Saves Lives, an instructor-led or online, self-paced training program, available to all CVS Health colleagues through its Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The digital version, which takes only about an hour to complete and has no need for prior knowledge or experience, is also available to Behavioral Health and Resources for Living members. The training enables learners to recognize signs of suicide ideation and engage in conversations with those appearing at risk or whom they are concerned about.

Many Aetna employees who interact with members as part of their jobs have been trained on a more intensive suicide prevention program called Mental Health First Aid. It’s an eight-hour, in-person course that teaches those enrolled how to spot the signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation and provides evidence-based approaches to intervening. On successful completion, attendees receive a certificate good for three years. In addition, Aetna customers who want to offer the course to their employees as part of their medical benefits can request that inclusion. The training is available virtually, so people can learn Mental Health First Aid from wherever they may be located. 

As adolescents and young adults are among the highest risk groups for suicide, Aetna is also partnering with AFSP and other industry experts to offer programs geared toward high school and college students. These programs focus on providing baseline information about the risk of suicide and how students can help their peers by paying attention to warning signs and knowing how to support each other in seeking help. 

Finally, Aetna is invested in finding solutions to bring targeted training programs to local communities accross the nation to increase awarenss and reach the goal of reducing suicide.

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Aetna 2021 Medicare plans focus on total health and making care more affordable and convenient

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4 out of 5 Medicare beneficiaries can choose a $0 premium Aetna Medicare Advantage plan

HARTFORD, Conn.— Aetna , a CVS Health company (NYSE: CVS), announced its 2021 Medicare offerings, featuring increased integration with CVS Health; expanded and differentiated Medicare Advantage plan options, including HMO and Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan offerings in new states; new Aetna Medicare Eagle plans designed especially for Veterans; and the lowest premium standalone prescription drug plan product in all 50 states and D.C.

A pioneer in the Medicare industry, Aetna has served Medicare beneficiaries since 1966, when it paid the nation's first Medicare claim. Aetna now serves nearly 9.2 million Medicare members nationwide, as of June 30, 2020.

"Now more than ever, it's important for older adults to focus on their total health — body, mind and spirit," said Christopher Ciano, president of Aetna Medicare. "To help members improve their health, we expanded our Aetna Medicare Solutions portfolio of products to include new plans and benefits designed to make care more affordable and convenient. As part of CVS Health, we're bringing care closer to home and making more meaningful connections that help our members age actively on their path to better health."

To encourage members to stay active and choose the plan that best fits their needs, Aetna announced legendary U.S. figure skater Dorothy HamillThis is a paid endorsement for Aetna. as its new Medicare spokesperson. Hamill will appear in Aetna Medicare's advertising campaign and is featured in a new Aetna guide called Putting the 'Me' in Medicare eBook. The eBook offers tips and resources on eating healthy, staying active, using technology tools and maintaining mental health.

Medicare Advantage plans

Nearly 2.7 million Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in an Aetna Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, which can include extra benefits, such as prescription drug coverage, vision, dental, hearing and fitness.

For 2021, Aetna is offering Individual Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans in 46 states plus Washington, D.C. Aetna added 115 new counties across the country, providing an additional 1.9 million more Medicare beneficiaries access to an Aetna plan. In total, Aetna will offer MAPD plans in 1,793 counties in 2021 accessible by 54.7 million Medicare beneficiaries.This number includes Aetna's Joint Ventures in Minnesota (with Allina Health) and in Northern Virginia (with Innovation Health).

To make plans more affordable, Aetna expanded its $0 premium plan options. Aetna estimates 81 percent of the Medicare-eligible beneficiaries in the U.S. will now have access to a $0 monthly premium Aetna Medicare Advantage plan.Data as of August 2020 CMS eligibility file.

For those who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits, Aetna expanded its Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (DSNP) offering to select counties in 9 new states — bringing Aetna's total DSNP footprint to 604 counties in 23 states. New DSNP markets include California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey and New York.

New for 2021, Aetna will offer Aetna Medicare Eagle MA plans in 27 states. These MA-only plans are designed especially for Veterans to complement their VA health care coverage. With a $0 monthly premium, plans will include, dental, vision, SilverSneakers fitness program, and $0 or low PCP and lab cost shares. Most of these plans will also include hearing, an over-the-counter allowance and meal benefits to improve overall health and wellness.

Medicare prescription drug plans

Aetna's standalone prescription drug plans (PDP) serve 5.6 million members. In 2021, Aetna Medicare will offer three individual standalone PDPs. A new plan, SilverScript SmartRx (PDP), featuring an average monthly premium of $7.15, will be the lowest premium available in all 50 states and D.C. SilverScript Choice (PDP) will continue to be available in all 50 states and D.C. and will be under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) benchmark pricing in 49 states and D.C. SilverScript Plus (PDP), the plan with the most robust prescription drug coverage, will continue to be available in 49 states and D.C. All three plans feature $0 Tier 1 copays at preferred retail pharmacies.Source: CMS 2021 PDP Landscape Source Files (v 09 08 20) available at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Prescription-Drug-Coverage/PrescriptionDrugCovGenIn

Medicare Supplement plans

We offer competitively priced individual Medicare Supplement insurance plans from the CVS Health/Aetna family of companies nationwide. With nearly 1 million members, our Medicare Supplement plans utilize a simplified underwriting process. We also offer a dental, vision and hearing product in 37 states. Our ancillary portfolio covers 45 states and includes the new Accendo (CVS Health) Final Expense whole life product. Ancillary products can provide members with benefits paid directly to them after being diagnosed with cancer, or for hospital stays and home care.

Offering innovative programs and benefits through CVS Health

As a CVS Health company, Aetna provides individual MA members access to convenient and affordable care through various benefits and programs:

  • Nationally contracted walk-in clinics and MinuteClinic retail health clinicsMembers have a choice of providers and can elect to go to their PCP or a nationally contracted clinic of their choice.: Members in PPO and HMO plans that do not require a primary care physician (PCP) can visit either one of the nationally contracted walk-in clinics or MinuteClinic locations and pay the same copay as a regular visit to a PCP. With approximately 1,100 locations across 33 states and Washington, D.C., MinuteClinic offers convenient access to care for minor illnesses, injuries and wellness services. Located in select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores, MinuteClinic locations are open seven days a week, with walk-in visits available at most locations. MinuteClinic also offers telehealth options if members cannot receive care in person.

  • Lowering insulin costs: In Florida, Aetna is participating in the Part D Senior Savings Model, a CMS demonstration that allows Part D plans to offer affordable, predictable insulin copays. Select Florida plans will offer members $0 Tier 1 and Tier 2 insulin at preferred pharmacies.

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) benefit: Aetna will continue to offer members in many of its MA plans an OTC benefit allowance for a list of items they may obtain through OTC Health Solutions, a CVS Health company. Members can choose from an expanded 2021 product selection list with 65 percent more items in 2021. Members can place their orders by phone or online for home delivery. They can also use their benefit in-store at over 2,400 select CVS Pharmacy or Navarro Discount Pharmacy retail locations across 29 states, up from 12 states in 2020.

  • Pharmacist panels: Aetna will connect members with their local CVS pharmacist who can deliver personalized advice to drive medication adherence, offer alternatives for high-risk medications, recommend screenings and administer immunizations. Pharmacists can also connect members with recommended health plan resources and support their enrollment into care management programs.

Addressing social determinants of health with new and expanded MA benefits

Aetna Medicare Advantage plans take a total approach to health that goes beyond clinical care. With this approach in mind, Aetna expanded benefits to include:

  • Telehealth: All Aetna 2021 MA plans will offer virtual primary and urgent care visits to help members access care, including after hours or weekend care, sick visits and prescription refills. Select plans will also cover virtual mental and behavioral health visits.

  • In-home assessments: All MA plans will offer an annual in-home assessment at no cost that includes a comprehensive health risk assessment and non-invasive physical exam from the comfort of the member's home. The clinician will also assess the home environment for potential fall risks, helping the member stay safe in their home.

  • Companionship benefit: In partnership with Papa Inc., Aetna is expanding its companionship benefit to address social isolation in select plans in six states. Papa connects local college-age individuals to older adults who need help with companionship, light house chores and technology lessons. Remote companionship can be delivered through telephone or secure video.

  • Healthy Foods debit card: To help address food insecurity, a new Healthy Foods debit card will be included on 24 DSNP plans for members with chronic conditions and two Pennsylvania plans for members in the Healthy Heart partnership program. The benefit will provide a monthly allowance so members can purchase approved food items, such as fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, and dairy.

  • Foodsmart: In Illinois, a new nutrition benefit called Foodsmart will be included with select plans. With this benefit, the member's condition and eating habits will be assessed via the web or telephone with customized meal plans and guidance provided to help members make healthy food choices. This benefit also gives members access to registered dieticians.

  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Remote Monitoring Program: Aetna is implementing a Home Heart Care program with six individual plans in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. Eligible high-risk members with CHF who agree to participate in the program and follow the care management requirements will receive a 5G-enabled scale, blood pressure cuff and electronic tablet to monitor their weight and blood pressure at home.

In addition, Aetna will continue to offer the following supplemental benefits or other services as part of its Medicare Advantage plans:

  • The Aetna Resources For Living program helps address loneliness and other social needs by connecting our members with important community resources, such as transportation, housing, food programs, caregiver support and utility assistance, based on individual member needs. The program serves as an early point of intervention for the many issues that affect our members' physical and mental health.

  • SilverSneakers fitness memberships are available to all of Aetna's individual MA members at no extra cost. Through SilverSneakers, members have access to 15,000+ fitness locations that offer instructor-led, group fitness classes and other opportunities for members to socialize within their communities. The membership also includes video workouts and live online classes and workshops.

  • Aetna will continue to offer most Medicare Advantage members access to routine vision, dental and hearing coverage.Level and type of coverage vary by plan.

Continuing efforts to help members during the COVID-19 pandemic

From waiving charges for home delivery of prescription medications, to increased access to telehealth visits, to lifting cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment, CVS Health and Aetna Medicare have been a leading force in efforts to help seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most recently, Aetna shipped Caring for You kits of over-the-counter items to all its Medicare Advantage members across the country to help support them with simple self-care at home. Kits included a thermometer, hand sanitizer and Aetna-branded face mask, among other items.

Aetna extended waivers for Medicare Advantage member cost shares for in-network primary care office visits and all telehealth visits for any reason through December 31, 2020.

Aetna Medicare will continue to support members in 2021 by committing to $0 COVID-19 testing even if the public health emergency ends. The company will also waive PCP cost shares and expand coverage of virtual mental health services while the COVID-19 public health emergency is in effect. Building on the Caring for You kits, Aetna will also send members diagnosed with COVID-19 a box of supplies to help with recovery and prevent further spread.

Visit AetnaMedicare.com to learn more about Aetna's 2021 Medicare plans. Or call 1-855-335-1407 (TTY: 711) 7 days a week, 8 AM to 8 PM. The Medicare Annual Election Period runs from October 15 through December 7, 2020. A licensed agent may answer your call.

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 www.aetna.com and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.

Aetna Medicare is a 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. The formulary and/or pharmacy network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. Aetna Medicare's pharmacy network includes limited lower cost, preferred pharmacies in Rural Nebraska, Rural Kansas, Suburban West Virginia, Rural Maine, Suburban Arizona, Rural Michigan and Urban Michigan. The lower costs advertised in our plan materials for these pharmacies may not be available at the pharmacy you use. For up-to-date information about our network pharmacies, including whether there are any lower-cost preferred pharmacies in your area, members please call the number on your ID card, non-members please call 1-855-338-7027 (TTY: 711) or consult the online pharmacy directory at http://www.aetnamedicare.com/pharmacyhelp.

SilverScript is a Prescription Drug Plan with a Medicare contract marketed through Aetna Medicare. Enrollment in SilverScript depends on contract renewal. The SmartRx pharmacy network includes limited lower-cost, preferred pharmacies in Rural Wisconsin, Rural Missouri, Rural Arkansas, Rural Mississippi, Rural Oklahoma, Rural Kansas, Rural Iowa, Rural Minnesota, Rural Montana, Rural North Dakota, Rural South Dakota, Rural Nebraska and Rural Wyoming. The lower costs advertised in our plan materials for these pharmacies may not be available at the pharmacy you use. For up-to-date information about our network pharmacies, including whether there are any lower-cost preferred pharmacies in your area, please call 1-866-235-5660 (TTY: 711) or consult your online pharmacy directory at http://www.aetnamedicare.com/pharmacyhelp.

Aetna, CVS HealthHUB and MinuteClinic, LLC (which either operates or provides certain management support services to MinuteClinic-branded walk-in clinics) are part of the CVS Health family of companies.

Aetna Resources For Living℠ is the brand name used for products and services offered through the Aetna group of subsidiary companies (Aetna). The EAP is administered by Aetna Behavioral Health, LLC. and in California for Knox-Keene plans, Aetna Health of California, Inc. and Health and Human Resources Center, Inc.

SilverSneakers is a registered trademark of Tivity Health, Inc. 2020 Tivity Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

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2020 Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge grant recipients

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The Aetna Foundation, together with the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties, announced the organizations this year who have been selected to receive a grant as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to support communities that are changing the way they work together across sectors to reduce disparities in chronic disease outcomes. This grant program will award a total of $2 million to teams of organizations that will work together to change the food access and health care systems in their communities and engage community residents as leaders in their work.

The Challenge teams will each receive $100,000 to implement multi-year projects to advance health equity in communities where individuals are disproportionately impacted by health disparities. In addition to the funding, Challenge teams will participate in one-on-one technical assistance provided by APHA and NACo and co-create a supportive peer-learning network led by Healthy Places by Design over the course of the two years.

The project teams intend to use what they learn over the next two years to produce models and resources that can inform work in other similarly sized cities and counties across the country. Challenge communities have proposed strategies that include:

  • Increasing access points for purchasing fresh produce and receiving health care;

  • Leveraging local schools as partners;

  • Addressing barriers to transportation;

  • Building more equitable models for food procurement and distribution;

  • Increasing coordination and data-sharing across organizations;

  • Improving health care referral systems;

  • Developing community advisory boards; and

  • Informing local policies.


The project teams are located in the following cities and counties:

  • Chula Vista, California

  • Collier County, Florida

  • Deerfield Beach, Florida

  • Dougherty County, Georgia

  • Cumming/Forsyth County, Georgia

  • Perry County, Kentucky

  • New Brunswick, New Jersey

  • Paterson, New Jersey

  • Orange County, New York

  • Rochester, New York

  • Tompkins County, New York

  • Cumberland County, North Carolina

  • Wilkes County, North Carolina

  • Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Cleveland, Ohio

  • Cambria County, Pennsylvania

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Kerrville, Texas

  • Greenbrier County, West Virginia

  • Wheeling, West Virginia

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Aetna Foundation: Mission and vision

The challenges to human health are significant and growing. We believe that strong, concerted action is the only way to get us back on a healthier path. That’s why the Aetna Foundation works with community-based organizations and national partners to change lives by encouraging healthy lifestyles, enhancing health care equity, and putting innovation to work to improve health among the underserved.

The Foundation’s efforts are noted for their:

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Impact

We collaborate on programs with the potential to affect large populations and look to develop models that can be replicated nationally.

Innovation

We are constantly pioneering and look for partners who are doing the same, particularly in the areas of technology and science.

Inclusion

Our community grants engage people where they live, particularly in neighborhoods that have limited access to the tools, resources and information to improve health.

Inspiration

We bring together the sharpest minds in science and health care to discuss issues, and shape policies and initiatives that can address root causes of poor health and chronic disease.

 

Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation is dedicated to improving health in local communities and large populations alike. How do we make it happen? Through community-based programs, dynamic partnerships and proven models that can help people accelerate progress everywhere. Our mission is to promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone, while supporting the communities we serve.

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Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge

In collaboration with the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties, we support local collaborations that target root causes of health at a community level.

Learn more about the challenge
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As e-cigarette use takes hold among our nation’s youth, we’re working with the nation’s leading anti-vaping organizations to stop the spread. Our partnerships provide tailored interventions in schools and doctor’s offices, equipping doctors, nurses and educators with the tools they need to educate their communities and advocate for change.

Mental health for health care workers

We’re committed to supporting frontline health care workers by providing easy access to targeted mental health support. Our partnerships help connect health care professionals with resources they need to support resilience and reduce stress as they cope with the challenges of being on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Our mission is to promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone, while supporting the communities we serve.

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Our history

We made history in 1972, when the Aetna Foundation became the nation’s first corporate foundation dedicated to community involvement. But the roots of Aetna’s devotion to community wellness reach much deeper into the past. Aetna was making major donations in the 1930s, treating circus fire victims in the 1940s, and spurring civic and social change in the 1950s and 1960s. Amidst the sweep of our philanthropic story are highlights that tell a larger story — of our country’s increasing focus on improving health equity, quality and outcomes for all people.

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Paying forward an uncle’s love

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“The day before my birthday in 2009, I was surprised to see a mail truck delivering a birthday card from my Uncle Billy that cost $15 in postage. I was stunned! The next day, he called me on my birthday, ending our conversation by saying he loved me. It was a little unusual that he would send that card and actually say he loved me, as he was a quiet person by nature. But I was turning 30 and nine months pregnant with my first child, so I didn’t really focus on his behavior.

The day after my birthday, my uncle died by suicide.

Tara and Uncle Billy celebrating their December birthdays together, 2003 looking at a birthday cake.
Tara and Uncle Billy celebrating their December birthdays together, 2003

My mom and aunt are both nurses, and, even so, our family didn’t completely recognize the sometimes subtle signs of suicidal ideation – like my uncle’s loss of interest in his favorite sports teams and not wanting to attend family holidays (he skipped Thanksgiving that year when my husband and I were hosting, mere weeks before his death). Uncle Billy was married, but he told his wife not to tell anyone of his struggle. That’s why I’m so dedicated to making sure people become familiar with those signs and know how to get help as well as the safest ways to intervene.

I joined the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) even though I wasn’t sure what to expect – would the walks and events feel hopeless? However, I found the engagement uplifting and moving, so I’ve stayed involved since 2013 with programs and events in my hometown in Connecticut. In 2018, we brought the first suicide prevention walk to the neighboring town of Niantic and we surpassed our fundraising goal. This summer, I was named to the board of the Connecticut chapter of AFSP, where I will use my personal social platform to continue illuminating the issue of suicide and work toward a series of successful virtual suicide prevention walks in October during COVID-19. It’s my way of telling Uncle Billy I love him, too.

Tara with her Aunt Margaret (Uncle Billy’s wife), 2019 Out of the Darkness Walk, Niantic, CT
Tara with her Aunt Margaret (Uncle Billy’s wife), 2019 Out of the Darkness Walk, Niantic, CT

Tara Autrey has worked for Aetna for over 12 years and is currently in Commercial Product Marketing. She writes occasionally about suicide, and you can read her article My uncle is so much more than a suicide statistic on The Mighty or follow her for mental health content on Twitter: @TaraA_79. She lives in Waterford, Connecticut.

Our commitment to suicide prevention

As one of the country’s leading health companies, CVS Health is committed to helping people on their path to better health. Part of that mission is and must be the reversal of our devastating suicide trends. To drive meaningful suicide prevention, everyone must play a role. As employers, health care providers and community members, we have a collective responsibility to do more to intervene at times those at risk of suicide are most vulnerable.

CVS Health is prioritizing suicide prevention as a strategic imperative, intervening with members and non-members during vulnerable times to offer a range of specially tailored, evidence-based resources and support. CVS Health will also continue to work with suicide prevention non-profits and industry experts such as the American Foundation for Suicide and Prevention (AFSP) to deliver suicide prevention training and expanded resources to Aetna members and the public. We commemorate Suicide Prevention Month knowing that that prevention and hope is possible for millions.

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Aetna Better Health donates $300,000 to Ohio nonprofits

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Contributions part of Aetna’s more than $1 million investment to support local Ohio communities

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Aetna Better Health of Ohio (ABH-OH), a part of the Aetna Medicaid organization and a CVS Health company, today announced it recently donated $300,000 to three Ohio nonprofits. The donations will help the organizations expand access to primary care services, improve the health status of at-risk communities and provide pregnant women and children with behavioral health support.

Throughout the past year, Aetna has invested more than $1 million to various nonprofit organizations across the state as part of a statewide effort to address social determinants of health and provide underserved communities with more options to access quality health care. Additionally, CVS Health recently announced a $13.7 million investment to help renovate 230 low-income housing units at the Rosewind apartments in Columbus. The funds will also be used to make significant improvements to the local community center and support new community programs in the area.

“Supporting our local communities is a core part of our mission to help individuals and families on their path to better health,” said Debra Bacon, Chief Operating Officer, Aetna Better Health. “The role of our nonprofit partners has never been more important, and we are committed to working together to develop solutions that will lead to increased access and improved health outcomes.”

Aetna Better Health of Ohio recently donated $100,000 to each of the following organizations across the state:

  • Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus (HCGC): With over 1.3 million Ohioans having limited or no access to primary care services, HCGC focuses on bringing key stakeholders together to improve the value of health care throughout the region. HCGC will use the contribution from ABH-OH to fund training and certification for 20 Community Health Workers.

  • Ohio Children’s Alliance (OCA): As a statewide child advocacy organization, the Alliance is committed to sustainably improving the delivery of services to children, young adults and families through policy advocacy, performance improvement and member support. The $100,000 donation will enable the Alliance-member behavioral health agencies across the state to implement same-day access for initial behavioral health assessments for children.

  • Moms2B: An innovative, proven, community-based pregnancy and parenting group program for low-income families, Columbus-based Moms2B aims to help women at high risk for infant mortality learn tools that will enable them to make healthier choices and deliver healthy, full-term infants. The $100,000 ABH-OH donation will help integrate mental health treatment and counseling as part of the Moms2B program, utilizing The Ohio State University Wexner Center’s Woman’s Behavioral Health Team.

“We greatly appreciate the continued support that Aetna Better Health of Ohio offers to our organization and clients,” said Carrie Baker, President & CEO, Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus. “This funding is vital to supporting the efforts of our dedicated staff who work tirelessly to provide medically underserved individuals with access to health care.” 

“We made a commitment as an organization that we would work to reduce wait times and improve access to mental health services for children and families,” said Mark Mecum, CEO of the Ohio Children’s Alliance. “Our new collaboration with Aetna Better Health of Ohio provides the resources we need to begin achieving this goal across all of Ohio.”

"This generous donation will enable us to provide behavioral health support and education services for expectant moms,” said Dr. Patricia Gabbe, Moms2B Founder and Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. "Through our collaborative efforts with Aetna Better Health of Ohio, we're working to improve infant mortality outcomes and enhance the quality of life for new moms and their babies." 

As of June 30, 2020, Aetna Better Health of Ohio has 275 employees in the state and serves approximately 26,000 Medicare-Medicaid (MMP) members.

About Aetna Medicaid

Aetna Medicaid Administrators LLC (Aetna Medicaid), a CVS Health business, has over 30 years of experience managing the care of the most medically vulnerable, using innovative approaches and a local presence in each market to achieve both successful health care results and effective cost outcomes. Aetna Medicaid has particular 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 approximately 2.4 million people in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Texas. For more information, see www.aetnabetterhealth.com.

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CVS Health introduces special access to Apple Fitness+

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) announced today it is offering special access for its clients, customers and employees to Apple Fitness+, the first fitness experience built for Apple Watch, arriving later this year. CVS Health is developing a one-year subscription offer for Aetna commercial and CVS Caremark members and will share details soon. Additionally, a free two-month subscription for Fitness+ will be offered to CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare members and all current CVS Health employees when the service is launched.

Fitness+ intelligently incorporates metrics from Apple Watch for users to visualize right on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, offering a first-of-its-kind personalized workout experience. With Fitness+, everyone from beginners to fitness enthusiasts can access studio-style workouts delivered by inspiring world-class trainers underscored by motivating music from renowned artists, making it easier and more rewarding for users to exercise, whenever and wherever they like.

"Keeping people engaged and motivated on their path to better health is at the core of our business, which is why we are extending our collaboration with Apple to offer special access to Fitness+ through all the ways we connect with customers," said Jonathan Mayhew, Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer for CVS Health. "Innovative fitness offerings like Fitness+ are even more critical as people strive to maintain their health during these challenging times."

Today's announcement is a continuation of the relationship between Aetna, a CVS Health company, and Apple that originated in 2016 when 90 percent of participants in their employee wellness subsidy program reported a health benefit from their use of Apple Watch. In 2019, Aetna launched Attain, a unique health experience designed by Aetna in collaboration with Apple. Attain is a comprehensive integrated wellness program via direct-to-member app that blends activity-driven incentives and rewards with personalized health recommendations.

Following the launch of Fitness+ later this year, eligible CVS customers and employees will be provided details on how to subscribe to Fitness+ and take advantage of the trial offer.$9.99 per month or $79.99 per year after free trial. No commitment. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Eligible Aetna commercial and CVS Caremark members will receive additional information when it is available. Fitness+ requires Apple Watch Series 3 or later paired with iPhone 6s or later or iPhone SE. One offer per Apple ID. Participants will be able to share their Fitness+ subscription with up to five other people in their family with Family Sharing. For more information on Fitness+, please visit Apple.com.

About CVS Health

CVS Health employees are united around a common goal of becoming the most consumer-centric health company. We're evolving based on changing consumer needs and meeting people where they are, whether that's in the community at one of our nearly 10,000 local touchpoints, in the home, or in the palm of their hand. Our newest offerings from HealthHUB locations that are redefining what a pharmacy can be, to innovative programs that help manage chronic conditions are designed to create a higher-quality, simpler and more affordable experience. Learn more about how we're transforming health at www.cvshealth.com.

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