State drops Aetna amid union, employee pressure

Posted Mar. 27, 2019 by

For years, your union has pushed for a change, and finally, a major update to the State's health care third-party administrators will mean more options and improved care for OCSEA members around Ohio. The State Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) has announced Medical Mutual of Ohio will replace Aetna as a third-party administrator for State of Ohio employees. Employees who are currently covered by Aetna will be covered by Medical Mutual of Ohio (MMOH) beginning July 1, 2019.

“Over the course of the last three years, our members have been very vocal about their criticisms of Aetna. And rightly so. That’s why, year after year, the union members on the Joint Health Care Committee kept the pressure on our management counterparts by telling members’ stories of denied claims and more,” said Jim LaRocca, a JHCC union representative and State Lottery employee. “This is a major win for our members to have Medical Mutual, which has a more service-oriented history," he said.

DAS has already begun notifying employees impacted by the Aetna-to-MMOH switch. OCSEA encourages its members to check with their doctors to ensure they are in network and their medical care is covered under Medical Mutual. Any OCSEA members with questions and concerns can contact OCSEA’s health care liaison, Kelly Phillips at 614-865-2607 or

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