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Meals on Wheels America and Aetna Form Innovative Collaboration to Improve Senior Care

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Meals on Wheels America announced today a new national program
with Aetna to collaborate on groundbreaking research and innovative
models for patient care coordination. The nonprofit and Fortune 50
health company will work together to facilitate access to critical
health and social services for America’s seniors at all stages of
medical need, from preventive to post-hospital discharge.

The objective of the collaboration is to create a best in class model
for care coordination, integrating Meals on Wheels’ daily nutritious
meals, social support and critical safety checks into a continuum of
care required as people age. Meals on Wheels and Aetna will pilot this
model in several markets, and identify best practices intended to
improve vulnerable seniors’ health outcomes. Results from these pilots
will help build a scalable operational model that will address the
challenges seniors face in their daily living.

“More than three-quarters of older adults have at least two chronic
conditions. Having a reliable support system in place to observe their
health on a regular basis can be just as important as the care they
receive at the doctor’s office,” said Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna chairman
and CEO. “Our work with Meals on Wheels America will help us make better
connections with seniors in their homes and communities, and enable us
to establish truly meaningful relationships that can improve the lives
of this vulnerable population.”

With the senior population projected to double by the year 2050, this
joint program is intended to create a replicable model that will
encourage health care entities across the country to utilize home- and
community-based service providers to address the significant challenges
present in the nation’s health care system.

“This collaboration is an important step to fully integrate Meals on
Wheels into the health care system,” said Ellie Hollander, president and
CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “We are thankful to Aetna for its
generous support and leadership in working with health- and
community-based service providers, and together, I am confident that we
can support seniors in receiving the holistic care they need and
deserve.”

About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the
oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000
community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to
addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually
every community in America and, along with more than two million staff
and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and
safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with
independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education,
research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its
local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a
time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near
you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving an estimated 44.7 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 www.aetna.com
and learn about how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world. @AetnaNews

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