CVS to provide health insurance in much of North Carolina :: WRAL.com
Raleigh, North Carolina – CVS Health plans to enter the individual insurance exchange market in most North Carolina counties in 2022, company officials said.
CVS (NYSE: CVS) two years ago acquired insurer Aetna, which ditched the Affordable Care Act market in North Carolina in 2016. CVS officials say they can now combine the network of providers of Aetna and CVS’s pharmacy and emergency care network. return clinics to the online exchange.
“We are uniquely positioned to deliver greater value to consumers, especially the millions of Americans who are uninsured or underinsured,” said Dan Finke, executive vice president of CVS Health and president of Aetna , in a press release. âWe take a human-centered approach to health care by connecting people with the services and support they want in their neighborhoods, their homes and virtually anywhere they need us.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is the only insurer to offer ACA plans in all 100 counties. Other insurers, such as UnitedHealthcare, Cigna and Centene, have focused their offerings on metropolitan areas.
CVS and Aetna announce that they will offer packages in 70 counties, including the entire Triangle. Areas not included in their plans are the southeastern part of the state, including Sampson County and the Wilmington region; parts of northeastern North Carolina, including Warren County; and some counties in the northwest of the state.
Company officials said plans would include low-cost or free in-person or virtual visits to one of more than 60 MinuteClinic sites in North Carolina and more than 1,100 sites across the country, a free shipping on 90 day prescription refills, 20% discounts. on CVS Health branded health and wellness products and an online âcare conciergeâ to help consumers navigate health care products and services.
“A key priority is providing people with access to the care they need anywhere – simply, easily and affordably,” said Neela Montgomery, Executive Vice President of CVS Health and President of CVS Pharmacy, in a press release. âWe’re committed to helping simplify healthcare and achieve healthier results. “
In addition to North Carolina, CVS plans to enter the individual forex market in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, North Virginia, Texas and Virginia.