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Choose a health plan

Why choose Aetna Better Health® of Virginia? We take care of the whole you. Get all the benefits you’re used to plus extras to keep you healthy. Because healthier happens together®.


Once your Cardinal Care or FAMIS application receives approval, you can choose us as your health plan. If you don’t choose a plan, the state will choose one for you. Already enrolled in a health plan? You can change plans at certain times during the year.

Cardinal Care   FAMIS

Why choose us?


Choose Aetna Better Health as your Cardinal Care or FAMIS plan. As a member, you’ll get extra benefits (PDF) that go beyond your standard health coverage. Here are a few of the extras you’ll receive:



Choose or change health plans

Remember to choose Aetna Better Health of Virginia when it’s time for enrollment.

Go to your plan type and follow the steps.

Cardinal Care and expansion plans

  • Online: Visit Virginia Managed Care.

  • By mobile app: Download the free Virginia Managed Care app on your Android™ smartphone or iPhone®. Search for Virginia Managed Care on Google Play or the App Store®.

  • By phone: Call the Managed Care Helpline at 1-800-643-2273(TTY: 1-800-817-6608). You can call Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Tell them you choose Aetna Better Health of Virginia as your plan. If needed, you can get language services at no cost to you.


  • Online: Visit CommonHelp Virginia.

  • By phone: Call Cover Virginia at 1-833-5CALLVA (TDD: 1-888-221-1590). You can call Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 7 PM and Saturday, 9 AM to 12 PM. Tell them you choose Aetna Better Health of Virginia as your plan. If needed, you can get language services at no cost to you.

  • In person: Visit your local Department of Social Services. Tell them you choose Aetna Better Health of Virginia as your plan.

Are you in a dual special needs plan?



You can learn more about how to choose your plan, including other helpful info. Just visit our dual special needs plans homepage.

Switching to Aetna Better Health

Already enrolled in a health plan? You can switch to Aetna Better Health at certain times. Just scroll down to find the time schedule for your plan.


More about switching plans

Cardinal Care open enrollment

  • Chesapeake
  • Gloucester
  • Hampton
  • Isle of Wight
  • James City
  • Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Poquoson
  • Portsmouth
  • Suffolk
  • Virginia Beach
  • Williamsburg
  • York

  • Accomack
  • Amelia
  • Brunswick
  • Caroline
  • Charles City
  • Chesterfield
  • Colonial Heights
  • Cumberland
  • Dinwiddie
  • Emporia
  • Essex
  • Franklin City
  • Fredericksburg
  • Goochland
  • Greensville
  • Hanover
  • Henrico
  • Hopewell
  • King and Queen
  • King George
  • King William
  • Lancaster
  • Lunenburg
  • Matthews
  • Mecklenburg
  • Middlesex
  • New Kent
  • Northampton
  • Northumberland
  • Nottoway
  • Petersburg
  • Powhatan
  • Prince Edward
  • Prince George
  • Richmond City
  • Richmond County
  • Southampton
  • Spotsylvania
  • Stafford
  • Surry
  • Sussex
  • Westmoreland

  • Alexandria
  • Arlington
  • Clarke
  • Culpeper
  • Fairfax City
  • Fairfax County
  • Falls Church
  • Fauquier
  • Frederick
  • Loudon
  • Manassas Park
  • Manassas City
  • Page
  • Prince William
  • Rappahannock
  • Shenandoah
  • Warren
  • Winchester

  • Albemarle
  • Amherst
  • Appomattox
  • Augusta
  • Buckingham
  • Campbell
  • Charlotte
  • Charlottesville
  • Danville
  • Fluvanna
  • Greene
  • Halifax
  • Harrisonburg
  • Louisa
  • Lynchburg
  • Madison
  • Nelson
  • Orange
  • Pittsylvania
  • Rockingham
  • Staunton
  • Waynesboro

  • Bland
  • Bristol
  • Buchanan
  • Carroll
  • Dickerson
  • Galax
  • Grayson
  • Lee
  • Norton
  • Russell
  • Scott
  • Smyth
  • Tazewell
  • Washington
  • Wise

  • Alleghany
  • Bath
  • Bedford City
  • Bedford County
  • Botetourt
  • Buena Vista
  • Covington
  • Craig
  • Floyd
  • Franklin County
  • Giles
  • Henry
  • Highland
  • Lexington
  • Martinsville
  • Montgomery
  • Patrick
  • Pulaski
  • Radford
  • Roanoke City
  • Roanoke County
  • Rockbridge
  • Salem
  • Wythe

Cardinal Care — expansion plans open enrollment

Expansion plan members will receive a yellow letter in the mail with more info.

FAMIS open enrollment

If you’re a FAMIS member, you can change your health plan when it’s time to renew your coverage (12 months after enrollment). 


Learn more about renewing your coverage

Haven’t applied for health benefits yet?


The first step is applying for Cardinal Care (Medicaid) or FAMIS benefits. Once you become enrolled, you can choose Aetna Better Health of Virginia as your plan.


Learn how to apply

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