Aetna Selected for New Louisiana Medicaid Contract | CVS Health

Aetna Selected for New Louisiana Medicaid Contract

Monday, November 10, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – Aetna Better Health of Louisiana, an Aetna (NYSE: AET) health plan established to administer managed Medicaid services in Louisiana, has been selected by the State Department of Health & Hospitals to provide access to health care for eligible Louisianans. The three-year contract is scheduled to take effect Feb. 1, 2015.

Approximately one million individuals are eligible for Louisiana's Medicaid Managed Care Program statewide. Aetna Better Health was one of five managed care organizations selected to administer the Bayou Health program, which serves Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Aged/Blind/Disabled (ABD) recipients.

"We look forward to partnering with the state of Louisiana and its physicians, health systems and other providers to drive improvements in delivery and health outcomes through comprehensive and integrated services for Bayou Health recipients," said Pamela Sedmak, president and CEO of Aetna Medicaid. "We are ready to commit our talent and resources to help improve the quality and efficiency of medical care."

Aetna Medicaid has more than 28 years of experience in providing access to health care services for the most medically vulnerable. Aetna serves more than 2.9 million Medicaid recipients in 17 states. For more information, go to

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Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 45 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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