Aetna Better Health Gives $100,000 in Community Grants in Virginia | CVS Health

Aetna Better Health Gives $100,000 in Community Grants in Virginia

Friday, July 15, 2016

Supporting enhancing quality of care, quality of life with funds and human resources

RICHMOND, Va. – Aetna Better Health of Virginia, a Medicaid health plan contracted with the Commonwealth of Virginia, has announced it is making $100,000 in community grants to five Virginia non-profit organizations that focus on improving the health care and quality of life of Virginians.

The grants are:

  • $50,000 to The Health Wagon, a non-profit that operates a mobile clinic and two stationary clinics in southwest Virginia. The grant will pay for a full-time care and resource coordinator. Aetna Better Health also will embed a community health worker in The Health Wagon to work with the new coordinator to serve Aetna Better Health members.

  • $20,000 to Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH), a non-profit that helps homeless people find stable housing in multi-family properties. Aetna Better Health also will co-locate community health workers and case managers in the 650 housing units in 15 communities operated by VSH. Aetna Better Health employees will volunteer and collect kitchen, bedroom and cleaning supplies.

  • $20,000 to the YMCA of Central Virginia Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program to provide scholarships for children in first to third grade in low-income areas. The program helps participating children retain and grow reading skills while also offering enrichment through arts and crafts, visits to local parks and libraries and other activities.

  • $8,000 to the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Health Expedition in Wise, Va. to enhance its efforts to provide free dental, medical and vision services to individuals and families who live in isolated area and are medically underserved.

  • $2,500 to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia for its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research.

“We are so pleased to help these organizations, who are doing so much to improve the lives of Virginians,” said Roger Gunter, chief executive officer of Aetna Better Health of Virginia. “We are committed to improve the access to quality health care in Virginia, and we know that good health is linked with quality of life as well.”

About Aetna Better Health of Virginia

Aetna Better Health of Virginia provides access to health care services for more than 40,000 residents of Virginia. Previously called CoventryCares, it has been serving Virginians since 1996. It received full health plan accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in 2015. Aetna Better Health is owned by Aetna, which offers Medicaid plans in 17 states and is a leader in managing medically complex populations at the local, community-based level by integrating physical health, behavioral health and social economic status of members.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46.5 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, behavioral health, group life and disability 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

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