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Mission Health, Aetna strike new multi-year agreement

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

On Monday, Mission Health and Aetna announces a new, multi-year agreement to help patients in western North Carolina.

The agreement provides Aetna customers who receive healthcare benefits through work with in-network access to Mission Health's hospitals, outpatient centers and doctors.

Mission Health is based in Asheville, North Carolina and is the state's sixth largest health system.

"This new agreement extends our long-standing, collaborative relationship with Aetna, and offers sustained network coverage to members who rely on our providers for the highest quality healthcare services, said Paul McDowell, Deputy CFO for Mission Health. "We are committed to a more competitive insurance market in western North Carolina, which will greatly benefit large-and small-group employers and consumers alike, and we're backing up our word with action."

According to Aetna, its company is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 44.9 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care.

"We applaud Mission Health's efforts to strengthen our collaborative relationship, and bring more affordable and innovative coverage options to the market," said Jim Bostian, Aetna's market president for North Carolina.

The agreement is effective October 1, 2017, and includes all of Aetna commercial, employer-based healthcare plans.

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