For members of Aetna Medicare, they will now have access to CareLinx, a national caregiver network. CareLinx is a national network of caregivers, most commonly in home care aides, and is available to many residents across the country. There are an estimated 300,000 nonclinical care providers in this network.
Select 2019 Individual Medicare Advantage plan members currently enjoy access to this national caregiver network, but it is only available to Aetna Medicare plan members in Arizona, Nevada, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Washington.
This is important news for those who may require any type of in-home care support services as well as those advocating for better access to home health care through private insurance companies. Private insurance companies, by offering better access to these care networks, will help their members age healthier, live life on their terms, and even save the insurance company money by avoiding costly hospital stays in many cases.
Allowing members to have better resources and access to more affordable care options, it is a win-win for the company as well as its members. Feeling and being safe at home is an integral part of aging well.
As reported by Aetna in a blog titled, Aetna and CareLinx team up to offer in-home services to members, published June 19, 2019:
“Finding a qualified caregiver who can help you or your loved one can be challenging,” said Christopher Ciano, head of Aetna Medicare. “Resources like CareLinx will simplify the process and will connect Aetna Medicare members to qualified caregivers who can join us in supporting our members’ individual needs, preferences and overall health goals.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce CareLinx to eligible Aetna Medicare members,” said Sherwin Sheik, president and chief executive officer of CareLinx. “Working with Aetna, we’ll provide a bridge to appropriate support, increase social connectedness and positively impact overall well-being.”
Aetna Medicare is a PPO, HMO, and PDP plan that has a Medicare contract. Some memberships also have contracts with state Medicaid programs.
A growing number of aging seniors are dealing with chronic or long-term health issues. Some of these health issues involve physical limitations. A home care aide can assist an aging and disabled client with a variety of basic tasks, helping them remain safer at home while also remaining more active.
By providing access to a solid care network, Aetna Medicare members may avoid the need for costlier options, which include hospitalizations as well as care facilities which, in turn, helps to bolster a more positive outlook, mental and physical health, and reduce costs.