Aetna Wins Contract for Kansas Medicaid Program

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The State of Kansas notified Aetna that it has awarded a Medicaid managed care contract to Aetna Better Health℠ of Kansas.

Starting on January 1, 2019, Aetna Better Health of Kansas will offer Medicaid benefits to enrollees statewide in the KanCare Medicaid managed care program. KanCare serves parents, pregnant women and children, individuals with intellectual/developmental or physical disabilities and individuals over the age of 65 with a comprehensive benefit package that includes long-term services and supports and behavioral health care.

"We are excited to partner with the State of Kansas in providing health care solutions for the state's most vulnerable populations," said Janet Grant, vice president of Aetna Better Health's Great Plains Region. "We appreciate the State's fair and thorough evaluation process and we’re confident we can deliver improved health status, better access to coordinated care and greater emphasis on prevention and education. We are known nationally for our ability to establish collaborative relationships with health care providers and community leaders that focus on making members healthier and improving their health care experience."

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 40.3 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, see www.aetna.com.

About Aetna Medicaid

Aetna Medicaid Administrators LLC (Aetna Medicaid) 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 2.8 million people in 15 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, 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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Aetna Foundation, American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties Unveil Winners of National Health Challenge

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From Faith-Based Organizations Empowering Healthy Habits to Pop-Up Markets Rebuilding Community Trust: $1.5 Million Awarded to Local Solutions Addressing Social Determinants of Health

HARTFORD, Conn. — As part of an ongoing commitment to supporting community health and wellness, the Aetna Foundation today announced the two grand prize winners of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge (the Challenge). The Mecklenburg County, N.C., Village HeartBEAT program won the $500,000 grand prize from the mid-sized city or county category (population 250,001 600,000) and the Coalition United to Reach Equity (CURE) in Bridgeport, Conn., was awarded the grand prize of $250,000 in the small-sized city or county category (population 65,000 200,000).

The Challenge was launched in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Association of Counties (NACo), empowering 50 small-to-mid-sized cities and counties nationwide to make measurable, scalable improvements to public health issues in their local communities. Since its inception, the Challenge awarded a total of $1.5 million in grants and prizes to the 50 participating programs to support their efforts to tackle the most pressing health issues facing their communities. In addition to the two grand prize winners, eight programs were designated as runners up in recognition of their achievements, each receiving prizes ranging from $25,000 - $50,000 to help continue their work.

The awarding of the Challenge prizes, funded by the Aetna Foundation, is part of a $100 million commitment by CVS Health and its affiliates to making community health and wellness central to the company's charge for a better world. The new Building Healthier Communities initiative, which will be funded over five years by CVS Health and the CVS Health and Aetna Foundations, builds upon the outstanding tradition of community investment by CVS Health and Aetna and helps to advance CVS Health's purpose of helping people on their path to better health.

"In order to solve our most pressing public health issues, we have to start at the local level acknowledging that the solutions to our problems are as diverse as the communities facing them," said Karen S. Lynch, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, Aetna. "These communities are able to get to the heart of their unique challenges and create impactful programs that we hope can be replicated in other communities nationwide."

Over the course of the Challenge, both winners improved local health outcomes with strong, scalable results:

In Mecklenburg County, NC, the African-American population is disproportionately impacted by cardiovascular disease by nearly 20 percent compared to their white counterparts. To combat this, Village HeartBEAT (VHB) activated more than 60 local faith-based organizations to help over 20,000 local residents access health resources to reduce cardiovascular risk. As a result, VHB reduced smoking in the community from 17.4 percent to 13.9 percent and obesity rates from 70 percent to 64.7 percent.

Bridgeport (CT) CURE/ East End Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ) addressed decades of food insecurity and public mistrust through development of a pop-up market in a documented food desert, improving availability of healthy foods, living wage jobs and sparking greater community cohesiveness. Over the past three years, Bridgeport CURE secured more than 53,000 volunteer hours and leveraged strong cross-sector partnerships to overcome major policy obstacles.

"While every community faces unique health issues, we know a lot can be accomplished when cities and counties join forces," said APHA executive director Georges C. Benjamin. "It is our hope that these two programs, along with the rest of the Challenge participants, will inspire others and serve as models of success and progress for communities around the country who face similar health issues."

The first cohort of Challenge participants were chosen out of hundreds of city governments, local municipalities, health departments, educational institutions and other entities that applied to enter the competition. Improvements were measured around at least one of five domains: healthy behaviors, community safety, built environment, social/economic factors and environmental exposures. The Challenge winners and runners up were selected with assistance from an Advisory Council of public health leaders including elected officials, professors and physicians. RAND Corporation was tapped to evaluate the improvements in social determinants of health achieved and identify the most promising practices with potential for replication.

"Our winners and runners up have demonstrated the ability of counties to transform the communities they support," said NACo president Greg Cox. "Organizations and leaders at the county level are in a unique position to champion the needs of local residents and join community partners in the effort to improve health outcomes for all residents to make a positive health impact."

Winners

Lead Entity

Program

Program Goal

State Served

Greater Bridgeport Opportunities
Industrialization Center Inc.

Bridgeport Coalition
United to Reach Equity

Increase health equity

Connecticut

Mecklenburg County Health
Department

Village HeartBEAT

Decrease rates of
heart disease

North Carolina

Runners Up

Lead Entity

Program

Program Goal

State Served

Hillsborough County

Garden Steps

Increase access to healthy
foods through enhanced walkability

Florida

City of Miami

Live Healthy Little Havana

Increase health care access

Florida

United Government of
Wyandotte County/Kansas City

The 20/20/20 Movement

Increase walkability

Kansas

Louisville/Jefferson County
Metro Government

West Louisville
Outdoor Recreation
Initiative

Increase mental wellness
and healthy behaviors

Kentucky

Coopers Ferry Partnership

The SMART Initiative

Increase water quality

New Jersey

Chatham County Public
Health Department

Chatham Health
Alliance

Decrease obesity

North Carolina

Waco-McLennan County
Public Health District

The Heart of Texas
Urban Gardening Coalition

Increase access to, and
consumption of, fresh foods

Texas

Danville Pittsylvania County
United Fund

Health Collaborative

Increase healthy living

Virginia

For more information on the winners, visit www.healthiestcities.org and join the conversation at #HealthiestCitiesChallenge.

About the Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation is an independent charitable and philanthropic affiliate of CVS Health (NYSE:CVS). As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who volunteered 670,000 hours in 2018 alone. For more information, visit www.aetnafoundation.org.

About the American Public Health Association

APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public's health. Visit us at www.apha.org.

About the National Association of Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites American's 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public's understanding of county governments and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.

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860-273-6095
slavine@aetna.com

Katy Frame
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Tobacco-free college campuses

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Hats off to these U.S. colleges and universities who are committed to developing 100% smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. Since 2016, the CVS Health Foundation, in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative, have provided grants to the following schools to help them advocate for, adopt and implement policies.

Learn more about our Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative and how you can help!


Alabama

Concordia College Alabama
Lawson State Community College
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Shelton State Community College
Talladega College
University of West Alabama
Wallace Community College Selma


Alaska

Ilisagvik College
University of Alaska Anchorage


Arizona

Grand Canyon University
Pima County Community College
Mohave Community College


Arkansas

Shorter College


California

Antelope Valley College
Art Center College of Design
Bakersfield College
California State University, Chico
California State University San Marcos
Cerro Coso Community College
Citrus College
City College of San Francisco
Clovis Community College
College of Alameda
College of the Redwoods
Columbia College
Crafton Hills College
Cuesta College
Evergreen Valley College
Foothill College
Gavilan College
Long Beach City College
Los Angeles Valley College
Merritt College
Mills College
Orange Coast College
Oxnard College
Porterville College
Reedley College
Saint Mary's College of California
Santiago Canyon College
Shasta College
Stanford University
University of San Francisco
Ventura College
West Valley College
Whittier College


Colorado

Aims Community College
Arapahoe Community College


Connecticut

Fairfield University
Housatonic Community College
Naugatuck Valley Community College


District of Columbia

Howard University


Florida

Flagler College
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Florida Keys Community College
Florida Memorial University
Indian River State College
Northwest Florida State College
St. Petersburg College


Georgia

Brenau University
Morehouse College
The Interdenominational Theological Center


Hawaii

Chaminade University of Honolulu
Kaua'i Community College
University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii on behalf of Maui College


Idaho

North Idaho College


Illinois

St. Xavier University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Indiana

Indiana State University
Indiana University
Indiana University Bloomington
Saint Mary's College


Kansas

Fort Scott Community College


Kentucky

Frontier Nursing University
Western Kentucky University


Maine

York County Community College


Maryland

Anne Arundel Community College
Baltimore City Community College
Loyola University Maryland
St. Mary's College of Maryland
University of Maryland Eastern Shore


Massachusetts

Bay Path University
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
Roxbury Community College
Springfield College
Urban College of Boston


Michigan

Alma College
Davenport University
Ferris State University
Oakland University
University of Michigan
Walsh College
West Shore Community College


Minnesota

Gustavus Adolphus College
Minnesota State University, Mankato


Mississippi

Alcorn State University
Coahoma Community College
Hinds Community College, Utica Campus
Jackson State University
Mississippi Valley State University
Rust College
Tougaloo College
University of Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi


Missouri

University of Missouri


Montana

Great Falls College – Montana State University


Nebraska

Metropolitan Community College
Western Nebraska Community College


Nevada

Truckee Meadows Community College
Western Nevada College


New Hampshire

Dartmouth College
University of New Hampshire


New Jersey

Bergen Community College
Montclair State University
New Jersey City University
Rowan University
William Paterson University of New Jersey


New Mexico

San Juan College
Santa Fe Community College


New York

Dominican College
Finger Lakes Community College
Herkimer County Community College
Mercy College
Nassau Community College
Nazareth College of Rochester
North Country Community College
Onondaga Community College
St. Francis College
St. John's University
St. John Fisher College
State University of New York - Sullivan
SUNY Potsdam
University at Albany, SUNY


North Carolina

Alamance Community College
Bladen Community College
Duke University
East Carolina University
Fayetteville State University
Isothermal Community College
Lenoir-Rhyne University 
North Carolina A&T University
North Carolina Central University
Piedmont Community College
Pitt Community College
Robeson Community College
Saint Augustine's University
Shaw University
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Winston Salem State University


Ohio

Blue Ash College, University of Cincinnati
Bowling Green State University
Cuyahoga Community College
Lorain County Community College
Terra State Community College
University of Cincinnati
University of Dayton
University of Findlay
Wilberforce University


Oklahoma

College of Allied Health


Oregon

Oregon State University
Treasure Valley Community College


Pennsylvania

Bryn Mawr College
Chatham University
Cheyney University
Community College of Allegheny County
Community College of Philadelphia
Gannon University
Lackawanna College
Lincoln University
Penn State University 
Temple University
University of Pennsylvania 
University of Pittsburgh
Westmoreland County Community College


Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island


South Carolina

Allen University
Benedict College
South Carolina State University
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Wofford College


South Dakota

South Dakota State University


Tennessee

East Tennessee State University
Lane College
Meharry Medical College
Tennessee State University
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Texas

Alvin Community College
El Paso Community College
North Lake College
Prairie View A&M University
South Texas College
Southwestern Christian College
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Texas Christian University
Texas College
Texas Southern University
University of Texas at Dallas


Utah

Salt Lake Community College
Southern Utah University
University of Utah Health Sciences
Weber State University


Vermont

Green Mountain College
Johnson State College
Vermont Technical College


Virginia

Hampton University
Norfolk State University
University of Richmond
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Virginia Union University
Virginia University of Lynchburg


Virgin Islands

University of the Virgin Islands


Washington

Columbia Basin College
Pierce College
Whitworth University


Wisconsin

Concordia University Wisconsin
Marquette University
St. Norbert College
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


West Virginia

Bluefield State College
Concord University
Eastern West Virginia Community College
Shepherd University
West Virginia State University

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