Announcing Collaboration with Aetna Providing Better Access to Healthcare Solutions

March 11, 2020

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Collaboration with Aetna Providing Small Businesses Better Access to Healthcare Solutions

Asheville, N.C. (March 11, 2020) – The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce today announced a new collaboration with Aetna, providing small businesses access to Aetna Funding Advantage health insurance. Member businesses that are part of 35 chambers of commerce in 26 counties may participate through Chamber Health Insurance for Western North Carolina, established by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Access to quality, affordable healthcare has the potential to truly help businesses grow and thrive. Our collaboration with Aetna is a step forward in addressing the insurance needs of small businesses and their employees,” said Kit Cramer, President & CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Buncombe County has had the lowest unemployment rate in North Carolina for four years running. Providing benefits like health insurance can help companies attract and retain talent in the workforce.”

“We’re excited to partner with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce to offer innovative and affordable health care benefit options with Aetna Funding Advantage.,” said Jim Bostian, Aetna’s market president in North Carolina. “In addition to our standard plans, we have a unique collaboration with Mission Health Partners, to offer our Aetna Whole Health product that is a powerful solution for managing health care costs and helping people on their path to better health.”

“Mission Health Partners is excited to collaborate with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Aetna to support Chamber Health Insurance for Western North Carolina,” said Terence van Arkel, Chief Financial Officer, HCA Healthcare North Carolina Division.  “Mission Health Partners is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the citizens of Western North Carolina.  We are enthusiastic for the opportunity to increase the health insurance coverage options for local businesses and their employees.”

Qualifying Chamber member employers may contact their insurance broker for a quote.  Click here to find out more about Chamber Health Insurance for Western North Carolina and how to get a quote.

About the Asheville Chamber

For more than 120 years, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has supported the community by growing jobs, advocating for a business-friendly environment and helping businesses thrive. The Asheville Chamber consists of 1,700 member organizations who are dedicated to building community through business. Located at 36 Montford Avenue, the Asheville Chamber is also home to the Asheville Visitor Center, serving more than 200,000 visitors each year, and to the Asheville Shop, showcasing many local products and Asheville gifts. Learn more at

About Aetna

Aetna, a CVS Health company, serves an estimated 38 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 and behavioral health 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, visit and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world. @AetnaNews

About Mission Health Partners

Mission Health Partners (MHP) is a physician-governed network of hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers working together to improve healthcare quality, performance, efficiency and value for the residents of Western North Carolina.