CIGNA HealthCare will be joining with MVP Health Care Inc. to sell group health coverage to employers in New York state.

The plans, which will take effect starting in July 2007, will provide access to the 19,000 doctors and 151 health care facilities in the MVP provider network with access to the 500,000 doctors and 4,000 facilities in the CIGNA network, the companies say.

CIGNA HealthCare, Bloomfield, Conn., is a unit of CIGNA Corp., Philadelphia.

MVP, Schenectady, N.Y., provides or administers health coverage for plans with 710,000 members in Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York.